Ireland's Rugby World Cup tickets to cost up to €300 as other games to cost as little as €8
IRELAND will open its 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign against Canada in Cardiff with a Saturday afternoon kick-off on September 19 next year.
But organisers of the tournament have already come in for criticism with the news that some of the tickets for Ireland's game will cost €300.
Organisers of the tournament in Britain today revealed their strategy for the sale of 2.3 million seats, with tickets for some matches will be available for just €8 for children and €18 for adults.
The cheapest price for Ireland matches will be €60 for adults against Canada while the dearest for that match is €210. But the most expensive ticket is for the clash with France at €300.
Ireland's opening opponents in Pool D were already known but the dates and times came in this morning's announcement. The second game is a 5pm start against a European qualifier at Wembley on September 27, we face Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4 and France in Cardiff on October 11.
Forty one of the 48 matches will have child tickets at stg£7, while the best ticket at the final will cost £715 (€850).
Kick-off times were also revealed, and the Twickenham final on Saturday October 31 will be a 5pm start, as will both semis, also at Twickenham. The tournament's opening match, between England and an Oceania qualifier on September 18, is an 8pm kickoff.
New Zealand will begin their defence against Argentina at Wembley on September 20 at 5pm.
Tickets will go on sale in 2014.
"We want the tournament to be a celebration of rugby, encouraging more people to support and enjoy the game," England 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans said.
"We have a range of ticket prices for every budget - for fans and families who want to come to one of the world's greatest sports events.
"Our ticketing programme is built for fans who support the game week in week out, whilst encouraging a new generation of rugby fans through Rugby World Cup 2015."
The availability of cheap tickets for the tournament will be a relief for fans.
England internationals are usually pricey with child tickets priced at £41.50 and adults at £83 for the match against Argentina at Twickenham.
Kickoff times were also revealed, with organisers keen to provide a more uniform spread to help television companies and fans alike.
Matches will either start at 1200, 1430, 1700 or 2000 local time compared to the nine different kick-off times at the tournament held in New Zealand in 2011.
"Today's announcements allow fans from around the world to begin their planning knowing where, when and at what time the world's best teams will be playing across the 13 Rugby World Cup 2015 venues," Rugby World Cup chairman Bernard Lapasset said in a statement.
"We believe that this match schedule is good for fans attending the matches and watching from their armchair."