Bok schedule pleases Meyer

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:41
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The Springboks received good news in the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup in England.

The Springboks received good news in the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup in England, with the announcement that three of the team's four round-robin matches will begin at 17.00 (19.00 SA time) and only one at 20.00 (22.00 SA time).

The Springboks kick off their World Cup campaign on September 19, 2015, against the top Asian qualifier at the Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton, at 20.00 (22.00 SA time).

This will be followed by clashes against Samoa at Villa Park in Birmingham on September 26, Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle on October 3, and an Americas qualifier at the Olympic Stadium in London on October 7, all of them at 17.00 (19.00 SA time).

Should the team advance to the final stages of the international spectacle and top the Pool, they will be treated to further 17.00 (19.00 SA time) kick-offs, as their quarterfinal and semifinal, as well as the World Cup Final will also kick off at that time.

These match times formed part of a uniform spread of four kick-off times for the pool stages, which are 12.00, 14.30, 17.00 and 20.00.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said he was "pleased" with the times of their matches.

"We are used to playing at that time in South Africa, both at international and provincial level," Meyer said.

"The fact that we will have consistency in the times of our matches after our opening game will also ensure that we are able to adopt a structured approach to our training, rather than having to adapt our preparations throughout the tournament.

"This will certainly simplify matters ahead of what will be the biggest test for us a team since the 2011 World Cup."

England 2015 in conjunction with the IRB also released the ticket prices and their ticketing structure on Wednesday with 2,3 million tickets set to be made available across the 48 matches.

More than a million tickets will be sold at £100 or less (approximately ZAR1,633 at the current exchange rate) with 500000 tickets to be sold at £50 or less (approximately ZAR816), while the cheapest adult tickets will start at £15 (ZAR245).

Children's tickets will also be available for 41 of the 48 matches from £7 (ZAR116).

Ticket prices will range from £7 (ZAR116) to £315 (ZAR5,232) for pool matches, £15 (ZAR250) to £515 (ZAR8,555) for knockout matches and £150 (ZAR2,490) to £715 (ZAR11,875) for the Final at Twickenham on October 31.

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