The ticket sales programme for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is set to launch tomorrow (Friday), as organisers begin the process of selling almost two million seats.

Bundle package applications will initially be available for priority members of Japan’s ‘rugby family’ for one week, with the multiple ticket entries then on general release from January 27 to February 12. Bundle packages will consist of multiple tickets to follow particular teams or venues.

According to World Rugby, the global governing body of rugby union, Japan is on track to become the ‘most accessible’ Rugby World Cup so far with the launch of the ticketing programme, with at least 1.8 million tickets available for the first edition of the tournament in Asia.

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The ‘rugby family’ consists of Japan Rugby Football Union-registered teams, coaches, referees and staff, as well as members of the JRFU members’ club and the official fan club of the Sunwolves, Japan’s Super Rugby team.

As well as the ‘rugby family’, individual tickets will be available to a number of other priority groups from February. The groups include host city residents, ‘rugby friends’, which includes former players of JRFU-registered teams, employees and fan club members of Top League clubs in the 2017-18 season. In addition, supporters club packages and general fans sales will be available.

Individual ticket sales for the ‘rugby family’ group will take place between February 19 and March 12, while host city residents can buy tickets during the period from March 19 to April 12. Rugby friends can purchase passes to the international tournament between April 19 and May 12, while the supporters club members’ sale period is from May 19 to June 26.

General sales will be available between September 19 and November 12, with all tickets on sale this year to be purchased through a lottery system. Child tickets will start at ¥1,000 (£67/€70/$88), while adult tickets start at ¥2,019, with 900,000 tickets priced at under ¥15,000 as organisers aim to attract new fans to the sport across the nationwide spread of 12 host cities.