Organisers of next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand say they're pleased with the early interest in tickets with more than 50,000 people pre-registering to purchase team or venue packages.
Applications for tickets, which are the only source of revenue for organisers, open on Tuesday though rugby fans have been able to register their interest in acquiring tickets to follow specific teams or for individual venues since last month.
Rugby New Zealand 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden says more than 20,000 applications have come from outside New Zealand, with the majority of those coming from Britain, Australia, Ireland, France, the United States, South Africa and Canada.
Local organisers must rely on ticket sales to cover the cost of hosting the tournament, with the International Rugby Board retaining all commercially generated income as well as taking a $150 million hosting fee.
Some 85,000 tickets have already been sold already through official travel packages.