Why attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan?
Following the Summer Olympics and the Football World Cup, the Rugby World Cup is the 3rd largest sports event in the world.
In the fall of 2019, history will be made as the 2019 Rugby World Cup 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 in Tokyo Stadium and coming to a close in Yokohama Stadium, Kanagawa.
7 weeks. 20 participating teams. A total of 48 matches. One World Champion.
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.
Believed to have been born in 1823 when William Webb Ellis failed to adhere to football standards, 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 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. 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.
The RWC isn’t all that Japan has in store for visitors. 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. Known for its modernity as much as its history, Japan will never run short of activities to do, traditional cuisine to sample and awe-inspiring sights to see.