England supporters will have to pay more than their Scottish and Welsh counterparts to watch all four of their team’s pool matches at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, with ticket prices for the “Follow My Team” packages to watch England starting at £220 for the tournament in France.
The first batch of the 2.6 million World Cup tickets will go on sale on March 15, with supporters who sign up for the pre-sale by March 13 then able to purchase “Follow My Team” and “City” packs.
The former package includes all four pool matches for a qualified team, with the option to add a quarter-final should the team make it to the knockout phase. Twelve Follow My Team packs will be available, one for each qualified nation.
Prices for the packs for England, the 2019 runners-up, range from €255 (£220) in the lowest category, to €1,045 (£900) in the top category.
Similar packs to follow Scotland range from €140 (£120) to €645 (£555), while with Wales, semi-finalists in Japan, the costs start at €190 (£164) and are capped at €810 (£698).
France and New Zealand lead the most expensive Follow My Team packs, with France topping out at €1,355 (£1,171) for category one tickets, while the All Blacks’ top package costs €1,175 (£1,015).
The City pack includes either three or all pool matches in each of the nine host cities. In the three-match format, fans will need to select two fixtures in addition to one compulsory one.
The general public sale for World Cup tickets will go live on April 6.
“Our ambition, in partnership with our friends at the France 2023 organising committee, is to make France 2023 the most accessible tournament to date,” World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said.
Meanwhile, Wales scrum-half Kieran Hardy has been ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations after injuring his hamstring in the win against England last weekend.
Hardy, one of Wales’ standout performers in the 40-24 victory, scored Wales’s third try in the game at the Principality Stadium.
Head coach Wayne Pivac will not call up a replacement, with Gareth Davies and Lloyd Williams already in the squad and Tomos Williams, who started at scrum-half against Ireland last month before injuring his hamstring, now fit again.
“For Kieran, it’s unfortunate that he has picked up an injury,” said Wales assistant coach Stephen Jones. “Where that leaves us with scrum-halves is simple – we have got three left in the squad who are good to go.
“[Tomos] is ticking boxes as well and taking part in training, which is great. Kieran has worked particularly hard at his game. He’s a very fit guy, he works hard on his fitness, and we thought his performance was excellent at the weekend, and it is unfortunate for him that he’s not in a position to be able to back that up.”
Fly-half Dan Biggar is nursing an injury, but Jones said Wales were “very optimistic” that the Northampton player would be available to face Italy.
Wales have also announced that flanker Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) and centre Owen Watkin (Ospreys) will be released back to their regions to play in the Pro14 this weekend.