Some 2.6 million tickets will be available for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, with the first phase of ticket sales to begin this month.

Tickets will go on sale through a phased process from March 15 with a presale period for fans who have registered to join the ‘2023 Family’ portal by the end of March 13.

During the pre-sale period, which runs until April 5, fans will be able to purchase Follow My Team and City packs on a first-come, first-served basis, which will enable them to choose to attend a team’s pool phase matches or all the pool phase matches at a specific venue.

Fans who purchase the City pack will be able to choose either three or all pool matches in each of the nine host cities. In the three-match format, fans will need to select two fixtures in addition to one compulsory one.

The Follow My Team pack includes all four pool matches from a qualified team, with the possibility to add an optional quarter-final should the team make it to the knockout phase. Twelve Follow My Team packs will be available, one for each qualified nation.

France and New Zealand have the most expensive Follow My Team packages, with France topping out at £1,171 for category one tickets, while the All Blacks’ top package costs £1,015.

England supporters will have to pay more than their Scottish and Welsh counterparts to watch all four of their team’s pool matches. Ticket prices for the pack to watch England start at £220, while similar packs to follow Scotland start at £120 and £164 to follow Wales.

The general sales will open on April 6, with the cheapest packages starting at €58 for all pool matches in Toulouse.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Our ambition, in partnership with our friends at the France 2023 organising committee, is to make France 2023 the most accessible tournament to date.

“This ticketing program certainly does that. Everyone is invited to join a special celebration of France and 200 years of rugby.”

Fans will also be able to buy tickets through one of the 24 official travel agents who have 200,000 tickets reserved for the tournament.

The Rugby World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from September 8 to October 28, 2023, will be played across nine host cities, with matches located within a two-hour commute from 80 per cent of the French public.

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