The 2019 Rugby World Cup Mascots ラグビーワールドカップ2019マスコット
Meet Ren and G, the mascots of the Rugby World Cup!
Discover the creatures chosen to cheer on the teams at the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup, held in Japan for the first time.
On January 26th two red and white mascots were unveiled to journalists and television channels in Japan. Even though it's the first time since 1999 that the Rugby World Cup has had an official mascot, it was a given that a mascot would feature in 2019, as Japan is particularly fond of them. There are so many of them representing cities, universities, museums, monuments and other places, that the government has to control the mascot population!
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The two new mascots Ren and G form the parent-child duo Ren-G (in JapaneseレンジーRenji), and were created to represent and promote the 5 rugby values which are Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. With their rugby ball-shaped heads, these lion-like mascots inspired by Japanese mythology are said to bring happiness and repel evil spirits. They showed off their talents at the unveiling by passing a rugby ball and performing a dance similar to those from Kabuki and Noh theater.
We'll be closely following the adventures of these two new characters, even if the Rugby World Cup is still a while off, starting on September 20, 2019. This is also the first time the tournament will take place in Asia! It's an opportunity to increase the popularity of rugby there, which is slowly finding a place in the hearts of the Japanese.