Rugby fans are being warned that any tickets not bought through official channels may be refused entry at next year’s World Cup in England, according to BBC Sport.
The tournament doesn’t kick off until next September, with England facing Fiji in the opening match at Twickenham.
Yet, tickets are expected to go on sale on Friday at 10am, with criminal gangs planning to buy them, before selling for profit.
Adults will be able to get seats from £15 for low-profile matches, whilst the most expensive areas at Twickenham for the final on the 31st October will set fans back £715 each.
The organising committee for next year’s World Cup have stated that they won’t hesitate to turn people away.
“Our ticketing terms and conditions are strict,” said England Rugby 2015’s communications director, Joanna Manning-Cooper.
“We reserve the right to refuse entry if tickets have not been purchased through official channels.”
Helping in the bid to stop touting is ticket agency, Ticketmaster, who have installed software to prevent this, allowing them to fill their website with applications for the popular matches.
With many fans expected to looking to purchase tickets tomorrow morning, the organising committee have insisted they want to ensure people are buying them for themselves to attend.
“We are doing everything we can to make sure tickets get into the hands of fans who want to come to the tournament, and not to touts who simply want to sell them on at a profit,” said Manning-Cooper.
Home soil glory
England will be hoping to regain the trophy they won in 2003, as they face Fiji, Wales, Australia and the winner of the qualifying play-off between Russia and Uruguay in Pool A.
Other big hitters in the tournament include the last two winners, South Africa and New Zealand, who beat France 8-7 in Auckland in 2011, with a total on 20 countries battling it out for the Webb Ellis Cup.
While tickets are likely to be targeted by touts, there will not be a shortage of seats, with the majority of venues hosting matches at the World Cup, owned by football clubs.
There are only four rugby stadiums, including Twickenham, Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park, Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester and Wales’ Millennium Stadium.
This is due to the bigger capacities that non-rugby grounds have, with the organising committee needing to sell so many tickets in order to make it cost effective.
Among the other sporting venues that will host matches next year are the Wembley Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, Elland Road in Leeds and Brighton Community Stadium.
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