More than 2.5 million ticket applications have been received for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

With tournament organisers saying they are targeting a total of 1.8 million ticket sales, demand across the tournament, particularly among the top-ranked teams pool matches and finals series, has been strong.

Japan Rugby 2019 has just closed the supporters’ club/front row priority sales phase, with the next ballot application phase scheduled from September 19 to November 12.

Following the most recent sales phase, close to 900,000 ticket applications were received during the priority ballot.

“The response from both Japanese and international rugby fans has been truly amazing. We’ve seen incredible interest in matches featuring the host nation Japan, top-tier nations New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and England, as well as tremendous demand right across the knockout stages,” said Akira Shimazu, Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee president and chief executive.

“However, my message to those fans that have not yet been successful is to apply again in September 2018 when the next ballot phase opens. There are still plenty of great tickets available and we want to ensure that we welcome as many fans as possible to this once-in-a-lifetime tournament.”

In March, almost 900,000 ticket applications were received for the initial phase of the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup ticketing programme, with demand significantly exceeding supply.

The tournament will take place between September 20 to November 2 and will mark the first time the tournament has been held in Asia.

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