I remember it well. I took a day off work, charged my laptop and waited for the golden hour to appear. The launch of the 2015 tickets was nearly upon me and I was only minutes away. My target was 2 tickets for England vs Australia and 4 tickets for Ireland vs Italy…a weekend of world cup rugby beckoned. One small, but essential barrier stood in my way, the dreaded online ticket application.
10 minutes to go. 8 minutes to go. My fingers were getting twitchy. 5 minutes to go. 4…then “Your laptop needs to update. Please wait and restart”..the dreaded message appeared with just minutes to go. A quick delete brought the laptop back to life, however with just 30 seconds to go! It was like a rugby version of a ticking bomb about to blow in a Hollywood movie. Luckily, I snipped the right red wire and was off. My application got submitted and I secured one of the most over subscribed ticket applications in world cup history.
Now history comes around again and I wait to hear from Japan about the new ticket allocations for the rugby world cup in 2019.
Tickets will go on sale through a phased process from January 2018 but, with demand expected to be high, the Japan 2019 organising committee is providing the opportunity for fans to register early via www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets and create their own unique account. At least 1.8 million tickets will be available for Asia’s first Rugby World Cup and with 75 per cent of the Japanese population living within an hour of a match venue.
The key phases to purchase tickets are:
- November 2017: Full ticketing programme announcement, including prices and timelines
- January 2018: Supporter tour packages go on sale via official travel agents via www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours
- January 2018: Priority sales open for Japan rugby community, host cities and Front Row members
- February 2018: Hospitality packages go on sale via www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality
- September 2018: General ticket sales begin via an application process
- January 2019: Remaining tickets go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis
So…its getting very, very close.
Japan 2019 Chief Executive Akira Shimazu said: “Our ambition is to make the tournament as accessible as possible and that starts with educating fans on when and how they can purchase tickets, which starts today. Further details will be announced on 2 November.” I’ll be waiting on tenderhooks!
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont added: “Rugby World Cup 2019 represents a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans in Japan to be part of one of the world’s biggest and best-loved major sports events and a special opportunity for fans around the world to visit Asia’s first Rugby World Cup. From 2 November, fans around the world can start to plan their Japan 2019 adventure in earnest.”
So November 2nd is in the diary. Underlined. In bold. Highlighted. The works.
In February 2018 the hospitality programme will launch via STH Japan KK, offering a range of package options, catering for a variety of requirements and budgets. In the meantime, individuals and companies can register their interest via www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality.
The trip to Japan depends on me gaining tickets to all of the England matches in the opening rounds…so fingers crossed.