More than 96 per cent of the 1.8 million available Rugby World Cup tickets have been sold, with three days to go before the tournament kicks off in Japan.

The final sales phase began August 10, with more than 250,000 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The final sales phase includes tickets released from 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.

Open training sessions by Wales, New Zealand and South Africa have attracted more than 27,000 fans so far, according to tournament organisers.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont, said: “I am fully expecting a spectacular Rugby World Cup, one of the great tournaments.

“Japan has comprehensively proven that it will be the best of hosts, welcoming the world’s best players and 400,000 international visitors with open and welcoming arms. The welcome that the teams have received has been nothing other than magnificent, truly special.”

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