England rugby has been drawn against Wales and Australia in what is already being dubbed the "group of death" at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, according to Simon Rice of the London INDEPENDENT. The group is also made up of "Oceania 1," which is "expected to be Fiji," and a playoff winner. The top two teams from the group of five "will progress to the quarterfinals." Scotland has been drawn against Samoa & South Africa, along with two sides that have not yet been determined. The identities of the eight remaining qualifiers for the four five-team pools "will be known at the end of the global qualifying process in '14." The tournament will run from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, 2015. England has never previously been drawn in the same World Cup group as Wales (INDEPENDENT, 12/3).
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In the first hour they went on sale, close to 20,000 people applied for "the most popular Confederations Cup tickets." The category 4 tickets are the cheapest and only available to Brazilian residents. They are priced between R$28.5 ($13.5) and R$57 ($27). On Saturday, FIFA revealed that more than 130,000 tickets to the tournament had already been sold. The amount is "close to" 13 times the amount that was sold for the last edition in South Africa during the same time frame (UOL, 12/3). ... Prize money for the 2013 World Match Play Championship will rise to €3M ($3.9M). The figure marks a 9% increase over the '12 total of €2.8M ($3.6M) (REUTERS, 12/3).