Rugby World Cup 2019™, JAPAN


Tout savoir sur la Coupe du Monde de rugby 2019

Japan is hosting the next Rugby World Cup 2019™, from 20 September to 2 November 2019. You can follow this event with Japan Experience, a specialist in trips to thearchipelago with more than 35 years’ experience. The teams competing, the citiesand the stadiums hosting the matches, the schedule: two years before kick-off, findall the information you need to organise your trip and to follow the competition.

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JAPAN AT THE CENTRE OF THE RUGBY WORLD

The ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup™ will be the first to take place in an Asiancountry since the competition was founded in 1987. 17 years after the football World Cup in 2002, Japan will once again be at the centre of the sporting world as it hosts ahuge international competition. It will be excellent preparation for the country’s sportsauthorities prior to organising the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

 
THE 20 BEST TEAMS IN THE WORLD
Japan will host the top rugby-playing nations, who are divided up into pools. The draw took place on 10 th May 2017 in Kyoto. Twelve nations qualified automatically, namely the top three from each pool of the last Rugby World Cup™ 2015. The eight other teams have to go through a qualification matches and tournaments in order to take part in the competition.

The hosts will have their hands full with Ireland and Scotland in Pool 1. New Zealand, winner of the last two Rugby World Cups™ 2015 and 2011, will be in a group which also most notably features South Africa. As for France, they will be facing England, and this is the big clash of Pool C, which also features Argentina in the role of outsiders. Finally, Pool D will notably see a meeting between Australia and Wales. With qualifying matches still ongoing, the identity of the remaining teams will be known by the end of 2018.

The top two teams from each pool will qualify for the quarter-final. Knockout matches will then take place all the way to the final.

Take a look at this page soon to find out about the full draw and schedule for the Rugby World Cup 2019™, Japan.


POOL A: IRELAND, SCOTLAND, JAPAN, Russia, Samoa

POOL B: NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH AFRICA, ITALY, Namibia, PLAY-OFF WINNER

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

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

Rugby World Cup™ 2019 in Japan : Facts and Figures

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Japan will host the ninth Rugby World Cup™; the competition has been held every fouryears since 1987. The Brave Blossoms, as the Japanese rugby team is nicknamed,have played in all eight previous editions of the tournament without ever going furtherthan the group stage. The most successful nation to date has been New Zealand,winners in 1987, 2011 and 2015.

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The overall number of matches which will be played. The various nations first meet inthe group stage; eight qualifiers then go through to the quarter-final, semi-finals thenthe final. A match for third place sees the two defeated semi-finalists play each other.

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Host cities have been chosen to stage the competition. Twelve stadiums, fromSapporo, on the island of Hokkaido, all the way to Kumamoto, on the island ofKyushu, along with cities like Tokyo and Osaka. A great opportunity to make themost of the event and visit Japan between matches (see graphic above).

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The number of seats inside Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium, the biggest in Japan.Opened in 1998, it will host the final of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ on 2 November. In 2002, it was the setting for another final, that of the football World Cup, which sawBrazil lift the trophy for the fifth time against Germany.

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The scoreline of the match which Japan won against the two-time world champions South Africa during the group stage of the Rugby World Cup™ 2015. A victory whichwas grabbed at the very end of the match but which could not prevent the Japaneseteam from exiting the competition before the quarter-final stage. The team’sachievement nevertheless made huge headlines, helping rugby to become morepopular on the archipelago. Today, more than 120 000 people play the game inJapan.

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The number of Rugby World Cup™ finals that France has been involved in. Beaten oneach occasion – by New Zealand in 1987 and 2011 and by Australia in 1999 –France is still yet to win this competition.

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The year of the Japanese rugby team’s first international match, against Canada.The Brave Blossoms won 9-8 in Osaka. Eight decades later, Japan is a rising powerin the world rugby, particularly following their three wins in the group stage of the last Rugby World Cup™ 2015.

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As of 31 st July 2017, Japan is 11 th in the world rugby rankings and the top-rankedAsian nation. Ten years ago, the Brave Blossoms were ranked in 20 th place. NewZealand currently top the rankings, and the All Blacks are followed by England,Ireland, Australia and South Africa, with France in 8 th position.


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