Tackle your travel plans early for Rugby World Cup

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Virgin Trains East Coast is encouraging sports fans to book tickets early for travel to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The train operator expects its services on match days to be busier than normal, and will be providing additional and extended services for supporters travelling to four matches, at Elland Road Stadium, Leeds, and St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Advance tickets are now on sale for travel to all fixtures in Leeds and Newcastle. Many of the London matches are also available, with the remainder being released for sale over the coming weeks.

The tournament opens on Friday 18 September with England facing Fiji at Twickenham Stadium. Thirteen stadiums around the country will host various fixtures, with the Final taking place at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 31 October (kick-off 16.00).

Virgin Trains East Coast Head of Marketing George Shuttlewood said: “Advance travel tickets for our additional and extended services are on sale now.

“Booking ahead allows you to reserve a seat on the train of your choice, and as many services on match days will see additional customers travelling, it’s the sensible way to make sure of a comfortable journey. Book your tickets today at Virgin Trains East Coast

“We’re also advising those travelling to evening games to take special note of the last trains back, making sure they give themselves plenty of time as streets, stations and services are expected to be busy.”

For more information and bookings for Virgin Trains East Coast services during the tournament, including additional and extended trains, please visit Virgin Trains East Coast

A dedicated website giving door-to-door directions and travel advice to spectators on the best routes to and from match venues is also available now at Journey Planner

For venue travel information and advice before and during the tournament, follow @RWC2015Travel on Twitter.