Ticket registration for the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup is set to open in November, two years ahead of the event.
Organisers in Japan are being pushed to speed up its preparations following a third set of tournament review meetings with World Rugby.
Due to the expected high demand, the organising committee has decided to give fans the chance to register for tickets early and create their own account.
Tickets will officially go on sale through a phased process started in January 2018, with at least 1.8 million available tickets for the continent’s first Rugby World Cup.
Japan 2019 chief executive Akira Shimazu said: “We are marking the two-years-to-go milestone by kicking off a nationwide programme of festival activities that culminates with the match schedule and ticketing programme announcement on 2 November.
“Our ambition is to make the tournament as accessible as possible and that starts with educating fans on when and how they can purchase tickets, which starts today. Further details will be announced on 2 November.
“Throughout the festival period we will be encouraging everyone to register via www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets so they will be the first to know all the latest ticketing news.”
Supporters around the world and in Japan can buy travelling fan packages from January, allowing them time to make travel arrangements. These will be sold through the official travel agents appointed by Sports Travel and Hospitality (STH), the exclusive official travel provider.
During the tournament preparation reviews, it was revealed that organisers have so far failed to decide on venues that teams are able to train at during the tournament.
“These review meetings are critical to evaluating and guiding progress towards delivering what will be the biggest event to be hosted in Japan this decade,” Rugby World Cup tournament director Alan Gilpin said.
“There are some areas where the Organising Committee has not progressed as much as we would expect by this stage and, with a core focus on delivering a compelling and competitive Rugby World Cup with teams at heart, the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee recognise that they need to accelerate the selection of training venues.
“These venues must be of a world-class standard that provide the platform for the players to perform at their best.
“We have reminded our friends at the Organising Committee that there is no time to lose with two years to go. All stakeholders, including Government and host cities, will need to continue to play their full part to ensure.
“Every Rugby World Cup has unique opportunities and challenges in delivery and Japan represents the opportunity to deliver a special and ground-breaking event.
“The next few months will be critical to the ultimate success of the tournament with the match schedule and ticketing programme set to be finalised and announced before the end of the year.”