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RWC ticket sale dates revealed

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, have marked the 500-day countdown to the tournament by announcing that tickets will go on general sale in September.

Tickets for all 48 games will be between September 12-29 - fans will be able to select the matches they want to attend with any oversubscribed matches balloted.

In advance of the general sale, 500,000 tickets will go on sale to rugby fans this month through the Rugby Community Ticket Programme which gives clubs the opportunity to reward fans who support the game at all levels.

Debbie Jevans, England Rugby 2015 CEO, said: "Our plans are right on track with 500 days to go. We are pleased to announce the dates of the general sale today, allowing fans to save the date and plan.

"We have seen a very strong response to the Rugby Community Ticket Programme and we are pleased we have enabled clubs to recognise their loyal fans with access to tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 on home turf. From today, members are being registered and 500,000 tickets will go on sale from May 16 - June 30.

"Everything is in place now for a great tournament...we can already see the great enthusiasm for RWC 2015 500 days out."

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Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism, added: "Rugby World Cup 2015 is another massive sporting event being hosted in the UK and will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best the country has to offer to an international audience and inspire greater sports participation.

"As we mark 500 days until the start of the tournament I'm in no doubt that England Rugby 2015 will continue to do a tremendous job in making sure it is an outstanding event with thrilling rugby and fantastic atmospheres in the stadiums generated by passionate fans."

England Rugby 2015 has also announced details for the international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, taking the Webb Ellis Cup to 15 countries in the build-up to the Tournament. The tour will depart for Japan on May 20, 2014, travelling around the participating countries before returning to England on 100 days to go (June 10, 2015) for a tour of the UK and Ireland.

The 500-day countdown has also been marked by an image of a rugby ball being projected on London's City Hall on the banks of the River Thames.