Following the Summer Olympics and the Football World Cup, the Rugby World Cup is the 3rd largest sports event in the world.
Next year, history will be made as the 2019 RWC leaves the heartland of traditional rugby nations for the first time and enters Asia. From September 20th to November 2nd, twelve venues across Japan will host all matches, starting with the opening match at Tokyo Stadium in Chōfu and coming to a close at Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa.
7 weeks. 20 participating teams. A total of 48 matches. One World Champion.
Finally, all 20 teams have secured their spots in the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Canada being the final entry after their victory in the repechage competition.
List of RWC 2019 Qualifiers
South Africa (automatic)
New Zealand (automatic)
The United States
Canada (Repechage Competition)
In the first pool stage, the twenty total teams will be divided into four pools of five teams. Competing nations will partake in a total of 40 pool matches. Each pool will be a single round-robin of ten games, with each team playing one match against each of the other teams in that same pool. Wins will earn teams four league points, draws two league points, and losses zero league points. Bonus points will be awarded to teams scoring four tries in one singular match.
The teams finishing in the top two of each pool will advance to the quarter-finals. The top three teams of each pool will be automatically qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, hosted by France.
RUGBY WORLD CUP FACTS & HISTORY
The sport of rugby is believed to have been created in 1823 when William Webb Ellis failed to adhere to football standards by grabbing the ball and running the field with it in his arms instead. Variants of rugby date back as far back as 5th and 6th century AD in English territory. As of 2016, there were 3.2 million registered rugby players in the world, with the sport spreading in popularity among many South American, Asian, and African countries today.
The Rugby World Cup has been providing an international stage for rugby competition since 1987 when it was first co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The two countries are part of what make up rugby's heartland, with NZ taking the number one spot. New Zealand was the first-ever RWC Champion Team, defeating France 29 points to 9 points at Eden Park in Auckland and as of now, they hold the title of defending champions. Whether or not they hold that title after 2019, the world will be waiting in anticipation to see.
EXPERIENCE RUGBY IN JAPAN 2019
Alongside experiencing the international spectacle of a sacred sport, attendees have the opportunity to explore the historical culture of Japanese society and its various fascinating travel destinations. Whether you wish to spend your down time climbing Mount Fuji or visiting the world-famous Itsukushima Shrine, there is no shortage of discoveries to make and adventures to embark upon in the city of Japan. Known for its modernity as much as its history, Japan always provides activities to do, traditional cuisine to sample and awe-inspiring sights to see.