So you want to buy Rugby World Cup tickets? Itching to get your hands on that precious little pass to watch history in the making? Right, but first things first… for your own peace of mind.

There’s one vital rule to remember, and that is you must – MUST – book through an officially authorised RWC ticket outlet or the RWC website. Avoid anywhere and anyone else, and you’ll also avoid disappointment.

So far, so simple. But how do you go about it? Well, unless you’re using the RWC website, you head to one of the 31 authorised agencies around New Zealand.

North Island outlets are in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Hastings, Taupo, Palmerston North, Masterton, Waikanae and Wellington. South Island outlets are in Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill. Full details are given on the RWC website.

Tickets for pool games went on general sale on July 4. They won’t last forever, so there’s a definite need for speed. Some games (notably France v New Zealand and, somewhat mystifyingly, France v Canada) have already sold out. Tickets are also on sale for the knockouts – a bit of a gamble as no one knows who’ll be in them, but with matches of this calibre, who cares?

What’s it going to cost? There are five prices, though not all of them are offered at every venue. The cheapest are general admission pool game tickets for standing room on the terraces or embankments, at $31 or $41 dollars, depending on match and venue. Quarter finals start at $194, semis at $296 and the Bronze final at $97. Cheaper seats are available for children 16 and under at pool games and the Bronze final. You can buy a maximum of eight tickets to any one pool game and the quarter-finals, and four to the semis.

And in case you’re wondering, stadium ticket offices will open three hours before kick-off…providing there are seats left to sell.

Now the question on everyone’s lips: how about the final? Hmm. This is a different story altogether. If any seats remain available after balloting procedures, they’ll go on public sale. Fingers crossed.

Lastly, if you miss out altogether, the final four games will be screened live in 3D at major entertainment venues in Auckland, Hamilton, Porirua, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin, and at 3D cinemas in centres around the country.

Sky Sport also have a bunch of information about the Rugby World Cup schedule which is worth checking if you need to plan your match watching.

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