Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan joined Stephen Brown, England Rugby 2015 managing director, to mark the 50-days to go milestone ©England Rugby 2015

A further 55,000 tickets have been made available for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England with less than 50 days until the tournament is due to get underway on September 18.

The eighth edition of the World Cup is expected to be the largest in history but 30,000 tickets are still available for Pool A and B matches at the tournament, with Pool A set to feature the hosts and their rivals Australia and Wales.

Additionally 25,000 tickets have also been put on general sale for Pool’s C and D, the former including defending champions New Zealand, who are due to begin the defence of their title with matches against Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia.

Tickets can be bought via and their release follows the sales of 45,000 tickets for both England and knock-out matches in the past week, which were sold to fans who applied for those matches during a ballot in September 2014 and had been unsuccessful in purchasing tickets.

International and domestic fans are also still able to purchase tickets through the official supporter tour programme by clicking here

"England 2015 is going to be a truly special celebration of rugby and the fantastic ticket sales to date reflect the enormous public desire to be a part of the sporting highlight of the year,” said Bernard Lapasset, World Rugby chairman.

"Every Rugby World Cup generates its unforgettable moments on and off the field.

"From the host venues to fanzones, the feel-good factor is beginning to sweep the nation and further afield as we look forward to an England 2015 tournament that will write another very special chapter in this remarkable Rugby World Cup story."

Housesteads Roman Fort, near to Hadrian’s Wall, was one of the venues to welcome the Trophy Tour
Housesteads Roman Fort, near to Hadrian’s Wall, was one of the venues to welcome the Trophy Tour ©England Rugby 2015

As the countdown continues until the start of the tournament on September 18, when England are due to meet Fiji at Twickenham Stadium, the 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour reached the halfway stage of its journey around the United Kingdom and Ireland, allowing fans to have a glimpse of the Webb Ellis Cup at historic locations.

Mark Regan, a Rugby World Cup winner in 2003, joined Stephen Brown, England Rugby 2015 managing director, to mark the milestone at an event at Housesteads Roman Fort, near to the famous landmark of Hadrian’s Wall.

"Excitement continues to build for the tournament and we are delighted that over 50,000 people have already been part of the 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland," Brown said.

"The Tour has travelled to Scotland, Wales, Ireland and spent 25 days in England so far, and the interest and enthusiasm has been fantastic.

"You can feel momentum building right across the country and, with planning on track, we look forward to our next phase of testing and readiness as we get ready to deliver what promises to be a fantastic tournament."

In addition to the Trophy Tour, cities which are due to host matches at the tournament, from September 18 to October 31, are also due to undergo a dressing programme from August 7 when their streets will be decorated to celebrate rugby and prepare to welcome supporters from across the world.

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