Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Argentina to play World Cup matches in afternoons

The 12 stadiums in England and 1 in Wales for RWC 2015
Today´s announcement from Rugby World Cup 2015 organizers is good news for Argentina. The authorities have given Argentina friendly kick-off times with Los Pumas set to play all four pool matches in the early or late afternoon local time. 

Argentina will open its Rugby World Cup campaign against World Champions New Zealand at the home of English soccer, Wembley Stadium on September 20 2015. The match will kick-off at 5pm local time as will Argentina´s second match against a yet to be confirmed European Qualifier on September 25. The match against Europe 1 (likely Georgia) will take place in the West Country city of Gloucester. Argentina´s third and fourth matches will be be played in Leicester firstly against Tonga on October 4 starting at 2:30pm and then against Africa 1 (possibily Namibia) on October 11 starting at midday.

Pool C Fixtures
September 19 Tonga v Europe 1, Gloucester, 12pm.
September 20 New Zealand v Argentina, Wembley, 5pm.
September 24 New Zealand v Africa 1, Olympic Stadium, 8pm.
September 25 Argentina v Europe 1, Gloucester, 5pm. 
September 29 Tonga v Africa 1, Exeter, 5pm
October 2 New Zealand v Europe 1, Cardiff - Wales, 8pm.
October 4 Argentina v Tonga, Leicester, 2:30pm.
October 7 Europe 1 v Africa 1, Exeter, 8pm.
October 9 New Zealand v Tonga, Newcastle, 8pm
October 11 Argentina v Africa 1, Leicester, 12pm. 

Not so good news is the ticket prices which has Argentina v Africa 1 (likely Namibia) asking  £65,00 for the cheap seats in Leicester while it will be £45,00 for Africa 1 v Europe 1 (likely Georgia). With the British pound having a high value it will be extremely expensive for visiting fans from a number of countries to attend the tournament. A visiting New Zealander, for instance will face a 1:1.9 exchange rate meaning that Africa 1 v Europe 1 would cost a visiting Kiwi roughly NZ$85,50 which is four times the cost of cheap tickets for the USA v Italy in Nelson in 2011. 

What is expensive for New Zealanders will be much more so for people from the likes of rugby power house nations Argentina and South Africa due to the Peso and Rand carrying significantly less value. Rugby World Cup 2015 is,  in other words, to be the most expensive Rugby World Cup to date. Pumas supporters wanting to follow their team to the matches will pay prices of between £85.00 and £175.00 for good seats for the four pool matches. Quarter Finals prices are to start at £95.00 while the cheapest Semi Finals seats are to be £125.00.

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