Wales kick off their 2007 campaign against Canada in Nantes on September 9th before clashing with the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium on September 15th. Gareth Jenkins's side will remain in Cardiff to face the Asian qualifiers on September 20th before returning to Nantes for their final Pool game on September 29th.
On September 16th, Fiji will face Canada at the Millennium Stadium, which will also host a quarterfinal on October 6th between the winners of Pool C and the runners-up of Pool D.
The RWC 2007 will consist of 48 games and 2 million spectators are expected to pack the 12 stadiums throughout the competition. The French organising committee sold their one millionth ticket last month, as the first two phases of their ticket sales operation came to a close. This operation now enters Phase 3, with all fans being able to purchase tickets on-line. The previous two phases of the ticketing programme have comprised of ticket sales via a range of team and city packages.
The prices of individual match tickets start from €10 for certain games in France and €12 in Wales. To purchase tickets online for the Rugby World Cup 2007 click here.
IRB and Rugby World Cup Chairman Dr Syd Millar stated, "On November 9th, phase three of the ticketing programme will be launched on-line by the Organising Committee when tickets for individual matches will be offered for sale via the internet. This will include tickets for all 40 pool matches and the first allocation of tickets for the quarterfinals and Bronze Final match (third and fourth place play-off). The ballot and last phase of single ticket sales for the semi-finals and final is planned for April 2007."
A number of processes have been applied to ensure compliance with French and European competition law, so that a significant number of single tickets are available for both remaining phases. The result is that 550,000 tickets will be made available to the global general public in Phase 3.
The Rugby World Cup Board expects significant demand for individual match tickets from fans around the world on November 9th; excitement is already building for what will be a truly memorable tournament.
The overall success of the event depends largely on a policy of reasonable pricing which acknowledges the prestigious nature of the event, while keeping it affordable. At the outset the price policy has been designed around two factors: classifying pool matches into price levels based on appeal, and seating in different categories.
Pool matches are ranked on the teams' histories and reputations. Prices are then determined according to the position of the seat in the ground. Five seat categories have been defined, based on the view and closeness to the pitch. A large range of prices is available to suit all budgets and prices for individual match tickets start at €10 for a green category ticket.
Rugby supporters preferring to secure travel and accommodation as part of their ticket package purchase can do so via the official RWC 2007 international travel programme; managed by Rugby Travel & Hospitality 2007 Ltd. (www.rth07.com) - the tournament's official travel and hospitality providers.