Rugby Community Ticket programme launched

(ER 2015) Thursday 20 March 2014
Rugby Community Ticket programme launched
In total more than two million tickets to Rugby World Cup 2015 go on sale in 2014

England Rugby 2015, Tournament Organiser for Rugby World Cup 2015, has today released details on the Rugby Community Ticket programme. The initiative will see 500,000 tickets go on sale to rugby fans through the RFU's club network and wider rugby community in the host nation from May 2014.

The programme enables clubs and rugby organisations to give members an opportunity to access tickets for the tournament, ahead of public ticket sales in September, recognising and rewarding loyal rugby fans.

Key points

  • 500,000 tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 matches will go on sale to rugby fans through RFU member voting clubs, Constituent Bodies and affiliated organisations in England from May 2014
  • Fans who support the Game week in week out will have access to tickets via their clubs
  • Clubs and organisations now know their ticket allocation and the programme details
  • Rugby fans should speak to their club or organisation directly on how to get involved
  • Tickets will then go on general sale in September 2014

How it works

Each club and organisation will nominate a set number of its members to purchase tickets through the Rugby Community Ticket programme. These members will be selected by the club in a fair and transparent manner with guidance provided by England Rugby 2015.

The selected members will be able to buy tickets from their club’s allocation through the online Rugby World Cup 2015 ticketing system from 16 May 2014.

Clubs and organisations involved in the programme will have access to tickets for all 48 matches across the country.

Tickets will be on sale to the rugby community until 30 June. Tickets will be sold directly to the individual members not to the club or organisation. Tickets can only be purchased by nominated members for their own use. Tickets cannot be used as part of hospitality, fundraising or commercial programmes as they are intended to directly reward the rugby community.

Rewarding loyal fans

England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans said: “When we announced our ticketing strategy in November last year we were clear in our commitment to providing loyal rugby fans, who support the Game week in week out, with a chance to buy tickets through their club. We have allocated 500,000 tickets to the rugby community through the clubs and RFU affiliated organisations in England for all 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2015.

“We have confirmed the details with the clubs and organisations this week and now want the rugby community to consider how they will allocate their tickets so that they can recognise the contribution of their members and reward them for their support of the club and the Game over the years. We want this to be straightforward for both the clubs and individuals, so we have worked hard to deliver an easy to use sales programme. Club members should speak to their club about its ticket allocation as details are confirmed in the coming months.”   

RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said: “It is fantastic that England Rugby 2015 and Rugby World Cup Limited have recognised the important role that the rugby community plays in our sport and all those who support the Game so well, week in week out, year in year out.  This is clearly reflected in the fact that they will get priority access to see matches in a tournament that we all hope will take participation in the Game to a new level in this country.”