Japan to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup

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Japan is going to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, from 20 September to 2 November 2019.  

It is the first time an Asian country to host the Rugby World Cup™ since the competition was founded in 1987. 17 years after the 2002 football World Cup, Japan will once again be at the center of the sporting world since it hosts a big international competition. It is excellent preparation for the nation’s sports authorities prior to organizing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Japan is going to host the world’s top rugby-playing nations, who are divided up into four pools. The draw took place in May 2017 in Kyoto. 12 national teams qualified automatically, including the top 3 from each pool of the last Rugby World Cup™ 2015. The eight remainders have to go through qualification tournaments and matches to take part in the competition.

The hosts will have their hands full with Scotland and Ireland in Pool A. New Zealand, who was the winner of the last two Rugby World Cups™ in 2015 and 2011, will be in a team that also most notably features South Africa. France will be facing England, creating the big clash of Pool C, also featuring Argentina in the role of outsiders. Finally, Pool D will notably witness a meeting between Australia and Wales.

The top 2 teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter-final. Then knockout matches will take place all the way to the final.

POOL A: JAPAN, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, RUSSIA, SAMOA

POOL B: NEW ZEALAND, ITALY, SOUTH AFRICA, NAMIBIA, CANADA

POOL C: ENGLAND, FRANCE, UNITED STATES, ARGENTINA, TONGA

POOL D: WALES, AUSTRALIA, GEORGIA, FIJI, URUGUAY

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place in 12 stadiums of Japan’s 12 different cities, spread through Tokyo and Osaka, from Hokkaido to Kyushu Island. The Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium (or International Stadium Yokohama) is the largest in Japan with a capacity of 72,327 spectators and will host the final on November 2, 2019.

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