From ticketing failures to lop-sided pools, the 2015 Rugby World Cup seems to be lurching from one disaster to another…
1.Ridiculous ticketing systems
Whether it be five hour queues to get onto the ticket site, or touts buying up all of the available tickets, the World Cup has gone from one disaster to another in terms of ensuring fans can attend matches.
2.The outrageous cost
If by some miracle you do manage to get your hands on tickets for the tournament, the cost is enough for you to have to consider re-mortgaging your house. The cheaper ticket prices have been a total joke due to their limited availability.
It looks likely that a number of key players from teams like Samoa, Fiji and Tonga are going to miss the tournament due to clubs pressuring them into ‘retiring’ from international rugby to ensure their club availability during the tournament.
4.The poor mix of locations
Why the hell is a World Cup based in England seeing a number of key matches played in Wales, whilst cities in the north are only receiving a handful of games. The number of matches taking place in London is absolutely ridiculous as well.
5.The choice of stadiums
For some reason, Welford Road has been overlooked for the Rugby World Cup, and instead the Wendyball ground up the road has been chosen instead. It’s no wonder fans in Leicester aren’t exactly flocking to buy tickets.
6.The lop-sided groups
It seems bizarre that three of the biggest sides in Australia, England and Wales have been drawn in the same group together, whilst other groups look like a walk in the park for the top ranked team given those teams in their group.
7.The corporate favouritism
It increasingly seems to be the case that tickets for key World Cup games are being held back for big corporate sponsors who have no great interest in the game, rather than for real fans who want to be there for the right reasons.