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All Blacks fans in for costly 2015 World Cup

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:12 28/11/2013
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Anyone hoping to catch the All Blacks defend their Rugby World Cup title at Twickenham in 2015 will face a big bill for the privilege.

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Anyone hoping to catch the All Blacks defend their Rugby World Cup title at Twickenham in 2015 will face a big bill for the privilege.

World Cup organisers released ticket pricing details for the 2015 tournament in England today, with them substantially higher than those seen in New Zealand during the 2011 cup.

The All Blacks tickets are at a premium. Prices for their pool matches range from $100 to $350 for adults and $30 for children.

Prices for the final at Twickenham range from $300 to $1,430 for adults (about half the price of a return flight to the UK) with no discount for children.

If an All Black fan was to attend all matches, including the knock-out phases, they could be facing a bill of more than $3000 for tickets.

More than 2 million tickets will go on sale next year in five stages. More than half of them will be priced at $200 or less and around 500,000 will be priced at $100 or less.

For some of the less glamorous matches, prices start at $30 for an adult and $14 for a child.

Tickets for supporter tour packages go on sale in January with hospitality packages offered in February.

Members of English rugby clubs get a jump on the general public with tickets offered to them in May. There will be general sales to the public via ballots in two waves in September and November.

Hosts England have organised 13 venues for the 48 matches over six weeks.

In 2011, tickets for the final at Eden Park started at $390 with the top category priced at $1250.

The 2011 organisers cleverly packaged tickets to suit the local economy and interest.

A "category A" pack for five games at Eden Park cost $1,720 with "category C" tickets bundled at $880.

An All Blacks 'team pool pack' - covering four games in Eden Park, Hamilton and Wellington cost $1,400 for category A tickets, with category C costing $720.

THE DRAW

Meanwhile fans in New Zealand will only have to deal with one pre-dawn pool play kick-off for the All Blacks during the tournament.

The All Blacks open at Wembley against Argentina on Monday, September 21 at 5am NZ time (Sunday, September 20 at 5pm GMT).

New Zealand's remaining Pool C matches are: vs Africa 1 qualifiers at Olympic Stadium on Friday, September 25 at 8am NZ time (Thursday, September 24 at 8pm GMT); vs Europe 1 qualifier at Millennium Stadium on Saturday, October 3 at 9am NZ time (Friday, October 2 at 8pm GMT) and vs Tonga at St James' Park on Saturday, October 10 at 9am NZ time (Friday, October 9 at 8pm GMT).

Potential quarterfinals for Pool C qualifiers are set for 3am NZ time (2pm GMT) starts on Sunday and Monday, October 18-19. Semifinals (October 25-26) and the final (November 1) will start at 6am NZ time (5pm GMT).

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