Rugby World Cup 2015: All matches to have ticket ballots

Stuart Lancaster. Robbie Deans and Warren Gatland
Stuart Lancaster's England will take on Warren Gatland's Wales in a pool stage match

Every match at next year's Rugby World Cup in England will be balloted for tickets in at least one price category.

Twenty of the 48 games are oversubscribed across all four categories - leading to a ballot for tickets for those games at all prices.

The sales window closed on Monday and applicants will learn the outcome of the ballots in October.

England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans said: "We are very pleased with the demand for tickets."

World Cup 2015 venues
StadiumCity CapacityStadiumCity Capacity
Wembley StadiumLondon90,000Elland RoadLeeds37,900
Twickenham StadiumLondon82,000King Power StadiumLeicester32,262
Millennium StadiumCardiff74,500Amex StadiumBrighton30,750
Etihad StadiumManchester56,000Stadium mkMilton Keynes30,500
Olympic StadiumLondon54,000Kingsholm StadiumGloucester16,500
St James' ParkNewcastle52,387Sandy ParkExeter12,500
Villa ParkBirmingham42,788

She added: "It is clear that for many matches, demand has exceeded supply and every one of the 48 matches will go to ballot in at least one of the four price categories.

"We will be running ballots in the next few weeks to ensure tickets are allocated fairly, ensuring as many rugby fans as possible get tickets."

Any remaining unsold tickets will go on general sale in November, though these are likely to be mostly in the higher price categories.

International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "Excitement around Rugby World Cup 2015 is really building with less than a year to go, and the demand for tickets over the past 18 days really shows what a special event it is set to be."

The tournament begins in September 2015, with the 20 participating teams competing at 12 venues across England, as well as Wales's Millennium Stadium.

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