The 2019 Rugby World Cup is set to launch its final ticket sales phase tomorrow (Saturday) as organisers make a last ditch attempt to fill the stadia across Japan.

More than 250,000 tickets will be available this weekend on a first-come, first-served basis.

Almost 1.44 million tickets have already been shifted for the 20-nation rugby union tournament, which will be played between September 20 and November 2 in Japan. That number accounts for 80 per cent of the 1.8 million available tickets.

The final sales phase will include tickets released from ongoing venue planning and configuration and hand-backs from the tournament’s commercial programme and unions, as well as tickets that have been registered for official resale by fans who can no longer attend matches.

More than 400,000 foreign fans are expected to visit Japan over the course of the six-week tournament.