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RWC 2015 tickets for Springbok matches on sale now
March 18, 2014
South African rugby fans need not worry about securing match tickets for Springbok matches at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England following the establishment of SA Rugby Travel, it was announced on Tuesday.

The new company – a joint venture between the South African Rugby Union and Tourvest Destination Management – has secured thousands of tickets for likely Springbok matches and tailored packages to suit a wide range of fans’ pockets and experience choices.

“If you want to secure a ticket for any Springbok match all the way to a potential final at next year’s Rugby World Cup in England, you now can,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU, at the official launch of the company at The Springbok Experience rugby museum in Cape Town on Tuesday.

“We’ve taken the worry out of the equation for our supporters by the creation of this new company. Fans that are committed to traveling can buy match tickets and travel packages today all the way to the final. Tickets go on sale to the general public in September.

“The tournament is now just 18 months away and we saw last year what advances the Springbok team has been making under Heyneke Meyer. Last season was our most successful, in terms of winning ratio, since 1992 (bar 1998) and we’re certain the team is going to make a strong challenge. It is going to be a really exciting campaign.”

SA Rugby Travel won the exclusive rights to offer sub-Saharan rugby fans the chance to travel to England in 2015 following a comprehensive tender evaluation and selection process by Rugby Travel and Hospitality (RTH), the company appointed by Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) to manage the global fan travel and hospitality programmes.

Tourvest’s Destination Management division is the single largest ground handler of foreign leisure tourists to the Southern African region and is responsible for managing the travel arrangements of 120 000 overseas holiday-makers to South Africa every year.

It single-handedly looked after 67 000 corporate soccer fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is currently involved with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Bryan Coetzee, Tourvest Director of Sports Travel, said: “We have a plan to cater for every Springbok fan – taking into account that no European experience can ever be ‘cheap’ given the current exchange rates.

“But, having said that, we start off with a package that would suit even the fan who wants to sleep on a friend’s couch and only source a match ticket and flights from us. At the other end of the scale we have guided VIP packages to give our corporate clients a magic carpet ride all the way to the final.

“We have already secured match tickets, airline seats and a range of hotel rooms at all potential Springbok venues to take all the hassle out of the experience for Springbok fans. We’re ready to go.”

Coetzee said that their budget package starts at R16 700 for a “freewheeler” flight and ticket package to the opening match and the Boks’ first game. A trip to the bronze medal match and final will cost from R43 000. The face value cost of adult tickets for the Rugby World Cup final ranges from £150 (R2 700) to £715 (R12 721).

“Considering the costs involved and the fact that at today’s prices a coffee will cost at least R45 in London and a beer R60 and upwards, we think we’re offering great value for money.”

Supporters wishing to purchase packages today can call 021 525 2515 or register their interest on the SA Rugby Travel website at www.sarugbytravel.com

The Springboks’ RWC 2015 Pool B schedule is:

Pool rounds:

Saturday, 19 Sept, 20h00: v Asia 1 (TBC) - Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
Saturday, 26 Sept, 17h00: v Samoa - Villa Park, Birmingham
Saturday, 3 Oct, 17h00: v Scotland - St James’ Park, Newcastle
Wednesday, 7 Oct, 17h00: v Americas 2 (USA or Uruguay) - Olympic Stadium, London

Quarter Finals:

QF1: Saturday, 17 October, 14h00 – W Pool C vs RU Pool D – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
QF2: Saturday, 17 October, 17h00 – W Pool B vs RU Pool A – Twickenham, London
QF3: Sunday, 18 October, 14h00 – W Pool D vs RU Pool C – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
QF4: Sunday, 18 October, 17h00 – W Pool A vs RU Pool B – Twickenham, London

Semi-finals:

Saturday, 24 October, 17h00 - W QF1 vs W QF2 – Twickenham, London
Sunday, 25 October, 17h00 – W QF3 vs W QF4 – Twickenham, London

Bronze final:

Friday, 30 October, 20h00 – Olympic Stadium, London

Final:

Saturday, 31 October, 17h00 – Twickenham, London

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 05 2014
17:00 - EP Kings U19 vs Sharks U19
NMMU Stadium, PE
Absa Under 21 Competition
18:00 - Border U21 vs Sharks U21
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, September 06 2014
09:35 - New Zealand vs Argentina
McLean Park, Napier
Absa Under 19 Competition
11:00 - Free State U19 vs Leopards U19
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
11:45 - Griffons U19 vs Boland U19
North West Stadium, Welkom
12:00 - Valke U19 vs SWD U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Patersons Stadium, Perth
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Regional Play-Offs
12:45 - Leopards 2 (Vaal Reefs) vs Valke 2 (Brakpan)
Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Absa Under 21 Competition
13:00 - Free State U21 vs Leopards U21
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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