Organisers of this year’s Rugby League World Cup are expecting a scrum when tickets for games in Papua New Guinea go on sale later this month after announcing its pricing strategy.

Ticket prices are to be as low as K30 (£7.30/$9.50/€8.00) for games in the country, which is hosting the tournament along with Australia and New Zealand.

Rugby League World Cup chief executive Andrew Hill said pricing was set to ensure that the host’s three games against Ireland, Wales and the US at the 15,000-capacity Oil Search National Football Stadium will sell out.

“When setting the prices for the three Rugby League World Cup 2017 games to be contested in Papua New Guinea, our priority was to make tickets affordable and accessible to as many fans as possible, particularly families,” he said.

“It was a conscious decision on the part of the organising committee to ensure there was a ticket price to suit everyone and provide an opportunity for fans and families to attend this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

“This year’s tournament is the most anticipated sporting event Papua New Guinea has ever hosted and we know there is huge demand for tickets from fans wanting to be part of history.

“With a capped crowd capacity of 15,000 for each game, we expect tickets to sell quickly when they go on general sale.”

Tickets go on sale on August 24 in capital city Port Moresby and can also be bought online at the RLWC website, which is powered by Ticketek. Tickets are available at a number of high street stores.

Some 450,000 fans are expected to attend the 28 games across 13 host cities, which would be a World Cup record.

Tickets went on sale for games in New Zealand and Australia last November, with prices at as little as US$13 for children and concessions, and $26 for adults.

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