London - Rugby supporters hoping to purchase tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup had to wait that little bit longer on Friday when the website selling the much-heralded tickets left many of them with a frozen screen.
Tickets for the tournament in England went on sale at 09:00 GMT (11:00 SA time) and despite fans having until September 29 to apply, the official website failed to cope with a mad rush of applications.
"We are currently experiencing high levels of traffic and we will get you into the site as soon as we can," a message on the official ticketing site read.
Fans have been advised to try again at a later date as the tickets are being sold as part of an application process and not on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Demand for tickets in Britain is expected to be second only to the London 2012 Olympics and prices range from 15 pounds for the lesser group games to 715 pounds for the most expensive seats at the final at Twickenham on October 31.
The tournament begins on September 18 next year when England play Fiji at Twickenham.