The Springboks World Cup group match against England in Paris next year sold out within 24 hours.
But it had more to do with England fans than South Africa’s, with all England’s pool matches a sell out.
The IRB reports that between 08:00 and 16:00 on Thursday a total of 170 000 tickets to Rugby World Cup 2007 were sold on the Internet.
“This is great news for Rugby World Cup 2007 with almost 30% of the third phase of the ticket programme selling in the first day. Of the 170 000 ticket sales 54 000 were sold in the UK and Ireland and many matches were oversubscribed,” said Rugby World Cup Managing Director, Mike Miller.
“Naturally tickets to the matches involving France and England were among the most popular. Wales’ Pool B clash with Australia in Cardiff – a repeat of last Saturday’s classic match – also experienced heavy demand,” added Miller.
The available allocation for seven matches has been sold out: England v South Africa at Saint Denis (Paris), England v Samoa at Nantes, France v Ireland at Saint Denis (Paris), France v Africa 1 at Toulouse, France v Europe 3 at Marseille, Wales v Fiji at Nantes and Wales v Canada at Nantes.
Rugby supporters should continue to apply for tickets to these matches via the official ticketing website through www.rugbyworldcup.com or www.france2007.fr.