Having seen the initial 4400 tickets snapped up very quickly, the event organisers appealed to the local authorities to increase the capacity to 5,000. The permission for the extra 600 tickets was granted today by officials from the City and County of Cardiff Council and South Wales Police. But having put the extra tickets on sale at lunchtime, they were sold out within a matter of hours. "It was great news for us to be able to offer 600 more tickets because we had had so many people want to join what will be Wales' biggest New Year's Eve party. In only its second year, this event has become one of the most popular in the whole of the UK for rigning in the new year," said Millennium Stadium general manager Paul Sergeant. "I would like to thank the local authority and the Police for doing all they could to enable us to meet as much of that demand as possible, especially as all the profits from the event are being sent to the Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund. "Last year's inaugural event set a benchmark for us and, having learned many lessons, we believe our second attempt will ensure our party goers will have an even better time as we move into 2005."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.