Ticket Designs For Rugby World Cup Unveiled

Ticket designs for Rugby World Cup unveiled

The designs of tickets for the 2019 Rugby World Cup were unveiled in Tokyo on Monday, ahead of the tournament's kickoff in Japan in September.

Former national team skippers Takashi Kikutani and Toshiaki Hirose stood on stage beside giant replicas of the designs.

The designs, based on a traditional style used to depict warriors, show rugby players in action.

Organizers of the event says 1 million 400 thousand tickets, accounting for some 80 percent of the 1 million 800 thousand up for grabs, have been sold.

Domestic sales account for 70 percent of the total. Overseas sales are also said to be brisk.

Japan Rugby 2019 CEO Akira Shimazu says the ticket designs are fitting for the first World Cup ever hosted in Japan and the rest of Asia.

He says he wants all 48 matches at the 12 stadiums nationwide to be sold out, and for the audiences to enjoy them.

He pledged to make the most of the 95 days that are left to prepare for the event.