Ticket sales for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan recommence on Saturday, with new ticket inventory to be released across all matches.

The sales phase will run on a first-come, first-served basis, with the organisers asking fans to “be patient” as the traffic to the event’s ticketing website is expected to be extremely high.

Tickets for the most popular matches, including the knockout stages and pool matches featuring host nation Japan, New Zealand, Ireland and England remain “extremely limited”.

Tournament officials are encouraging fans to use the availability indicator on the ticketing website to give themselves the best opportunity to secure remaining tickets

Tournament organising committee chief executive Akira Shimazu said: “With less than four months before kick-off, Rugby World Cup fever is well and truly taking hold across Japan. Unprecedented demand for tickets both internationally and domestically is pointing to a Rugby World Cup that will be both incredibly vibrant and culturally rich.

“With 12 match venues, 16 fanzones and 55 team camps spread across Japan, the tournament will reach millions of people throughout the country, while also bringing rugby fans from across the world to experiences the incredible diversity and unrivalled hospitality of Japan.

“For anybody considering buying tickets for matches that still have availability I urge you not to hesitate for a second. There are still some great tickets available and we want to ensure that we welcome as many foreign fans to Japan as possible for this ground-breaking, once-in-a-lifetime tournament.”

The official resale service is set to open on May 31 giving fans who can no longer attend matches a platform to sell tickets they no longer require at face value.

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