This week marks 100 days to go until the third biggest sporting event in the world kicks-off, the Rugby World Cup. To commemorate this milestone, the Rugby World Cup trophy (known as the Webb Ellis Cup) has today landed in Edinburgh as Scotland’s Summer of Rugby starts with the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s this weekend (Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June).This week marks 100 days to go until the third biggest sporting event in the world kicks-off, the Rugby World Cup.
To commemorate this milestone, the Rugby World Cup trophy (known as the Webb Ellis Cup) has today landed in Edinburgh as Scotland’s Summer of Rugby starts with the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s this weekend (Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June).
During its visit to the capital, the Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s as part of the Martin Currie Festival of Rugby which takes place on the back pitches at Murrayfield over the weekend. Spectators and participants in the Festival of Rugby will also get the opportunity to have their photograph taken with one of the worlds most famous trophies.
The focus of the Cup’s visit is to promote Scotland’s two crucial Rugby World Cup pool games to be held in Edinburgh - the first against Romania on 18 September and the second against New Zealand on 23 September – both of which take place at Murrayfield.
Today also saw the Rugby World Cup organising committee, France 2007, release over 210,000 additional tickets for online sale to the public.
The vital link between the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s and the Rugby World Cup is the Bank of Scotland Corporate August Tests, when Scotland face Triple Crown winners Ireland on Saturday 11 August (kick-off 2:30pm) and southern hemisphere giants South Africa on Saturday 25 August (kick-off 5pm).
Tickets are available for all pool matches at the 12 tournament venues (10 in France, 1 in Scotland and 1 in Wales), the quarter-finals and the 3rd/4th place play-off clash at Parc des Princes. Supporters wishing to purchase tickets should visit the following official Tournament websites:
• www.rugbyworldcup.com - Official Tournament website
• www.france2007.fr - Official France 2007 Organising Committee website
• www.paramourdurugby.fr, the website for Soci?t? G?n?rale, Official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2007
To date, more than 1,750 000 tickets have been sold for the tournament which kicks-off on September 7 when France take on Argentina at Stade de France
Tickets for Scotland’s home games are selling well but you can still get yours now. Tickets for Scotland’s two home games in Pool C start from as low as ?£9* for the crunch game against Romania on 18 September and ?£38* for the game against New Zealand on 23 September.
(* = subject to availability)
Scotland supporters can also cheer on their team when they battle it out against Portugal (on 9 September) and Italy (on 29 September) in Saint Etienne.
The tournament's official travel and corporate hospitality website, RTH '07, has announced that 100,000 ticket-inclusive official corporate hospitality products have now been sold.
Supporters wishing to find out more about the range of hospitality and travel packages for Rugby World Cup 2007 should visit the official travel and corporate hospitality programme website - www.rth07.org
Ticket sales for all Rugby World Cup 2007 matches in France, Wales and the two games in Scotland are on sale via Ticketmaster - www.ticketmaster.co.uk/rugbyworldcup or 0870 264 2007.
Supporters looking to buy tickets for Scotland’s Rugby World Cup games against Romania and New Zealand at Murrayfield, and the Bank of Scotland Corporate August Tests, should log onto www.scottishrugby.org; call the Ticket Hotline on 0131 346 5100 or come in person to the Murrayfield Ticket Centre which can be accessed via Gate A, Roseburn Street, Edinburgh.
Ticket Centre staff will be available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and will be able to advise supporters what RWC tickets prices are currently available.