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High ticket demand for rugby World Cup

26/04/2010 02:04:23 PM Comments (0)

Rugby World Cup organisers say more than 50,000 fans from 100 countries have pre-registered ahead of Tuesday's opening of online ticket applications.

This includes 20,000 overseas fans across the world, living in countries such as Barbados, Botswana, China, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Iceland, Mongolia, Mauritius, Norway, Puerto Rico and Qatar.

About 30,000 New Zealand fans have also pre-registered, organisers said in a statement.

The bulk of fans outside New Zealand come from the Australia, the UK, Ireland, France, United States, South Africa and Canada.

Ticket applications open online at 0900 (0700 AEST) on Tuesday and close on May 21.

"This is a fantastic response and shows how popular Rugby World Cup has become around the world," said Martin Snedden, chief executive for the tournament organiser, Rugby New Zealand 2011.

"The rest of the world knows that RWC 2011 is going to be a special event so I urge Kiwi fans to take advantage of this first phase of ticketing."

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