Extra tickets on sale with 50 days to go

The wait for fans is nearly over with just 50 days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and in Cardiff between 18 September and 31 October.

As the countdown continues, to what is predicted to be the biggest Rugby World Cup to date, fans have further opportunities to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015 as an additional 30,000 tickets go on general sale from 12:00 BST for matches in Pools A and B via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com. On 31 July a further 25,000 tickets will also go on general sale from 12:00 BST for matches in Pools C and D. 

The additional tickets go on general sale following sales of over 45,000 tickets this week for England and knockout matches, sold to fans who unsuccessfully applied for these matches during the ballot in September 2014.

Tickets are also still available for international and domestic fans via the official supporter tour programme at www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours.

Marking the milestone

With 50 days to go, fans across the UK and Ireland are already enjoying the build-up to the world's third largest sporting event with over 50,000 people engaging with the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. The 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland reached Housesteads Roman Fort on 30 July, visiting Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, where the Webb Ellis Cup was welcomed Cup by 25 members of the Ermine Street Guard in authentic dress waving the flags of the 20 competing nations.

Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Mark Regan and England Rugby 2015 Managing Director Stephen Brown also marked the halfway point of the Trophy Tour which has already travelled more than 5,000 miles and to over 150 events.

Watch the highlights from the first 50 days of the tour

Brown said: "With just 50 days to go, the countdown is on for everyone looking forward to Rugby World Cup 2015. Today fans have further opportunities to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015 with an additional 30,000 tickets on general sale for Pool A and B matches via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com and a further 25,000 tickets for Pool C and D matches tomorrow.

"Excitement continues to build for the tournament and we are delighted that over 50,000 people have already been part of the 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK and Ireland. The Tour has travelled to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and spent 25 days in England so far, and the interest and enthusiasm has been fantastic. You can feel momentum building right across the country and, with planning on track, we look forward to our next phase of testing and readiness as we get ready to deliver what promises to be a fantastic tournament.”

Unforgettable moments

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "England 2015 is going to be a truly special celebration of rugby and the fantastic ticket sales to date reflect the enormous public desire to be a part of the sporting highlight of the year. Every Rugby World Cup generates its unforgettable moments on and off the field. From the host venues to fanzones, the feel-good factor is beginning to sweep the nation and further afield as we look forward to an England 2015 tournament that will write another very special chapter in this remarkable Rugby World Cup story.”

As well as engaging with the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, fans across the country will start to see the Rugby World Cup 2015 city dressing programme from 7 August. All Rugby World Cup 2015 host cities, plus Rugby, will begin to dress their streets, celebrating rugby and getting ready to welcome the world in advance of 18 September.

Plan your tournament

Fans can also start planning their tournament with the Rugby World Cup 2015 Spectator Journey Planner now live at www.rugbyworldcup.com/journeyplanner and download the official Rugby World Cup App via www.rugbyworldcup.com/mobile.

As Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets start to be dispatched, ticket holders are being encouraged to plan in advance. The user-friendly journey planner informs fans of additional travel options in place to assist them on their journeys to and from match venues and fanzones during the tournament. Fans can also follow @RWC2015Travel to get live travel information during the tournament and ask any travel related questions.