The Rugby World Cup is coming to Asia for the first time! With Japan securing the rights to the RWC 2019 in 2009, the rugby showcase will run fro
m 20 September to 2 November. RugbyAsia247 presents the most important information below.
Although Hong Kong and Singapore were presented as potential hosts when the JRFU (Japan Rugby Football Federation) submitted their bid to World Rugby, neither feature in the final selection of 12 venues.
The National Olympic Stadium, which was targeting the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Japan was originally the planned venue for the RWC 2019 opening games and final. However, escalating costs have meant that the World Cup venue was replaced and the International Stadium Yokohama will host the prestigious final
World Rugby has up to date information on the matches and venues.
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Although the RWC will be in Asia for the first time, only one Asian team will be represented in Japan, and that is the home nation. The Brave Blossoms had a fantastic Rugby World Cup in 2015 and we hope Asia will get behind them at the World Cup.
Hong Kong managed to make it to the final repechage playoffs but unfortunately lost out on final qualification for the World Cup in 2019.
One of the big questions for Japan RFU and World Rugby was hope they could impact positively on Asia and leave a legacy after the RWC 2019. Below are some of the projects that are aiming to leave a positive rugby legacy in Asia.
A partnership between World Cugbt and ChildFund Pass It Back was announced in 2018 an “Impact Beyond 2019 legacy programme, aims to transform the lives of tens of thousands of children from disadvantaged communities in Asia through the delivery of an integrated life-skills and non-contact tag rugby curriculum.”
Fans can also choose to opt-in and donate when purchasing tickets to the Rugby World Cup 2019.
This project had some ambitious goals but the numbers according to World Rugby are positive. The aim of Impact Beyond was to mainly accelerate the growth of rugby in Asia.
A number of emerging Asian rugby nations have also rolled out programs under the Get Into Rugby program to introduce more youths to play rugby throughout Asia.
Asia has been included as the famous Webb-Ellis trophy circumnavigates the world in the lead up to the RWC 2019. Countries such as Hong Kong, China, Philippines, India, Japan, Nepal, and Malaysia have hosted the tour.