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The success of the two previous rugby union World Cups points towards this year's event in South Africa being more than popular. Convenience is added for the home nation supporters, who are given the option of following their team.

Ticket distribution in South Africa is controlled by the South African Rugby Football Union. Outside the host country, the official tour operator to the tournament, Gullivers Indo Jet, distributes tickets to the rest of the rugby world and in Britain hasappointed nine travel agents as official sellers of packages. These tours include tickets, though most of the agents offer the option of a flights/tickets package only.

There is no allocation of tickets to British clubs from the home unions, and supporters are urged by the tournament organisers to purchase packages from bona-fide agents.

Rugby Union World Cup, South Africa, 25 May to 24 June.

All Ways Pacific, Station Road, Little Chalfont, Bucks HP7 9PN (Tel: 01494-766766; fax 766777). Tour 1 (follows England) £3,155; Tour 2 £3,185; Tour 3 (quarter-final stage to final) £2,795.

Gullivers Sports Travel, Fiddington Manor, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 7BJ (Tel: 0684-293175; fax 297926/292892). Packages follow England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from entire Cup or pool games to a combination. Prices start at £1,501 for England's pool games. Flights/tickets only options.

Rugby Travel, 9 York Street, Twickenham TW1 3JZ (Tel: 0181-744 1212; fax 0181-744 1169). Packages follow home nations' pool games, quarter-finals to final or entire programme. England's pool games £1,775, Scotland (£1,695), Ireland and Wales (£1,595). Also flights and tickets only.

SARtravel, Fifth floor, 266 Regent Street, London W1R 5DA (Tel: 071-287 1133; fax: 071-287 1134). The company is finalising a package from 8 june to 25 June, taking in quarter- finals to final. Details available next week. Match tickets and flights only not available.

Specialised Travel, 8 Belmont, Lansdown Road, Bath B51 5DZ (Tel: 0225-315834 or 315659; fax 0225-446093). Final stages are selling quickly, though places are available at pool matches of England (£1,570), Scotland (£1,580) and Wales (£1,699). Quarter-finals to final: England (£2,790), Wales (£,2740) and Scotland (£2,450). Entire Cup and tailor-made tours available.

Sport Abroad Ltd, The Travel Centre, Wix Hill House, West Horsley, Surrey KT24 6DZ (Tel: 01483-225000; fax 01483-211369). Packages following the four home nations in various combinations available. £1,699 is the price for England or Wales pool games.

Sportsworld Group, New Abbey Court, Stert Street, Abingdon, Oxon (Tel: 0235-555844; fax 0235-550428). Corporate tours on offer, staying at 4 and 5* hotels. Four-night final package costs £2,155 plus VAT.

Sunset International Ltd, Manchester Road, Kearsley, Bolton BL4 8SG (Tel: 0204-701555; fax 0204-701666). England, Scotland and Wales support packages from £1,599. 17-day second-phase tour £2,299. Month-long entire Cup £3,319.

Travelpack Sports, 39/41 Alfreton Road, Nottingham NG7 3JE (Tel: 0602-249945; fax 0602-249946). Four tours each following England and Wales. Pool games: England (£1,675), Wales (£1,689); other packages include final pool game to final, quarter-finals to final and entire Cup.

Details of forthcoming events with information on tickets and venues should be sent to: The Sports Desk, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL. Fax: 071-293 2894.

Compiled by Paul Maher