Rugby World Cup 2019™, Japan
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Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan
Rugby World Cup is the third largest sporting event on the planet and will be the place to be come September 2019 in Japan. Over one million people attended Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, so you can be sure that Japan 2019 will be record-breaking, unique and incredibly exciting. We have a long history of helping fans travel to Rugby World Cup’s since 1995 in South Africa; including UK 1999, Australia 2003, France 2007, New Zealand 2011 and the UK in 2015. You can travel with confidence knowing we have the experience neccessary to guarantee you an amazing travel experience.
This is the first Rugby World Cup to be held outside the tradition heartland of rugby and Japan is the perfect host nation. Consistently topping many of the world’s best destination lists and a rising star on the global rugby scene, Japan is incredibly popular and what better excuse than to travel there for Rugby World Cup 2019?
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Japan is on a high after their best ever Rugby World Cup campaign at RWC 2015 in England and their men’s Rugby Sevens team competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Rugby has been played in Japan for over 100 years and with the success of their national teams it adds to the hype that will be Rugby World Cup 2019. Rugby World Cup is regarded as the third largest sporting event on the planet and RWC 2019 will be the ninth World Cup since its inception in 1987. It is expected that hundreds of thousands of fans will travel to Japan over the six-week tournament to witness 48 matches at 12 iconic venues around the country.
Japans’ RWC 2015 campaign was watched by a domestic audience of 25 million and Japans’ Prime Minster Shinzo Abe expressed excitement about delivering an event that everyone can be proud of. Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan will enable fans the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most beautiful, historic, authentic and cultural countries with hundreds of must-see destinations and attractions that can be explored alongside the world’s best rugby. Can the All Blacks make it a hat-trick, can the Wallabies seek retribution, or will it be a different team take home the Webb Ellis Cup and the highest prize in rugby? You will have to be there to find out!
For RWC 2015 in the UK, we helped create some incredible experiences with fans enjoying travel throughout Spain, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, around the UK and we even chartered a luxury river ship to cruise through France watching matches on TV before travelling to London for the Finals. We look forward to creating experiences like this for you in 2019 in Japan. We are sure it will be an experience to savour for the rest of your life.
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Japan is an archipelago consisting of 6,852 islands with four large main islands covering the area of Germany and Switzerland and is slightly smaller than the state of California, USA. Of the area, 66% is forest and with a population of approximately 127 million people, including 13 million in the greater Tokyo region, it’s clear Japan has wide swaths of untouched wilderness with dense cities concentrated from Osaka in the south to Sapporo in the north.
Japan is home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites including ancient cities such as Kyoto and Kanazawa. From spectacular Alps in the north to Mt. Fuji near Tokyo and further south to the famous cities of Hiroshima and Osaka, there are incredible travel opportunities to be found. Typical must-see’s include Onsens (thermal springs), Ryokan’s (ancient inns), geishas, temples, nature parks, museums, galleries, dazzling nightlife, karaoke bars and all things weird and wonderful. Japan is a diverse and captivating destination and we very much look forward to welcoming you to Japan in 2019.
With matches to be played across the country, expect weather to be quite varied. Usually it’s warmer in the south and colder in the north, but sub-climates can be found at altitude and coastal across the country. Averages for key locations are listed below for September/October.
Average low – high:
Sapporo: 7 – 16°C
Tokyo: 15 – 22°C
Fukuoka: 15 – 23°C
We suggest: Pack for cold to mild weather. The summer humidity will have passed and the cool winter air will slowly be creeping in across the country. During September in Tokyo temperatures can still be in the high 20’s, so it’s a mixed bag. Overall we expect this weather to be fair, as Autumn is Japan’s best season. You will enjoy beautiful foliage of the changing trees and mountain ranges will be painted with vibrant colours.
October has approximately 10 rain days per year, so we don’t expect rain to disrupt much of your travels.
This iconic edition of Rugby World Cup has 12 venues across Japan, from the mountainous city of Sapporo (popular for skiing) on the northern island of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical cities of Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Oita on the southern island of Kyushu. Stadium sizes range from 16,187 at Kamaishi Stadium to 72,327 at International Stadium Yokohama. The geographical spread of stadiums will ensure travellers who follow their teams through the pool matches have the opportunity to explore the diversity that Japan has to offer. Fans who travel for the knockout stages and finals will be based around Tokyo and neighbouring cities, with the opportunity to explore the highlights of Japan around their RWC 2019 experience. Japan has the fourth largest population of rugby union players on the planet and densely populated cities which will ensure sell-out crowds and a fantastic atmosphere.
OSAKA – Japan’s second largest city and economic powerhouse is a vibrant destination; home to Japan’s first purpose-built rugby stadium, completed in 1929.
OITA – Famous for volcanic mountain ranges and thermal hot springs, a fantastic traveller destination.
KOBE – Known for its signature marbled beef, 3rd century Shinto Shrines and stunning setting where mountains frame the magnificent harbour.
Teams and Pools
The worlds top 12 teams have now qualified for Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan and the official draw has been announced at Kyoto’s State Guest House. England Head Coach, Eddie Jones who lead Japan at the last World Cup said “it’s massive exciting, a unique country and unique culture.”
England, currently world number two have been drawn into Pool C, already dubbed the toughest Pool, playing France and Argentina as well as the USA.
Australia play in Pool D against traditional RWC foes Wales along with very much improved nations Fiji and Georgia. None of these teams can be under estimated. By February 2018, either Uruguay or Canada will join the pool.
USA have qualified as Americas 1 into Pool C
Fiji have qualified as Oceania 1 into Pool D
Tonga have qualified as Oceania 2 into Pool C
Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan Pool Draw
Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Play-off Winner
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, Repecharge 1
Pool C: England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga
Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay
The tournament will comprise of 20 teams allocated into four pools of five teams.
The five remaining sides will be determined through the global qualification process, which concludes in November 2018.
The 12 qualified teams are listed below. Don’t forget to see the match schedule found above.
|TEAM||REGION||PAST WORLD CUPS||BEST RESULT|
|South Africa||Africa||6||Champions 1995, 2007|
|Argentina||South Americs||8||Third 2007|
|France||Europe||8||Runners-up 1987, 1999, 2011|
|Ireland||Europe||8||Quarter-finals 1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015|
|Australia||Oceania||8||Champions 1991, 1999|
|New Zealand||Oceania||8||Champions 1987, 2011, 2015|
12 venues are confirmed across Japan. The variety is great for fans to see a part of Japan they may not have ventured to otherwise. Don’t forget to check our stadium and venue information brochure found above.
|International Stadium Yokohama||Yokohama, Tokyo||72,327|
|Hanazono Rugby Stadium||Higashiosaka||30,000|
|Oita Bank Dome||Oita||40,000|
|Umakana Yokana Stadium||Kumamoto||32,000|
|Kobe City Misaki Park||Kobe||30,312|
|Kumagaya Rugby Ground||Kumagaya||24,000|
|Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium||Kamaishi||16,187|
Fast Facts about Rugby World Cup’s to date
All Time Players Stats
Most points scored: Jonny Wilkinson (England) with 277
Most tries scored: Bryan Habana (South Africa) with 15
Most penalties scored: Jonny Wilkinson (England) with 58
Most conversions: Daniel Carter (New Zealand) with 58
Most clean breaks: David Campese (Australia) with 37
Most metres made: Jonah Lomu (New Zealand) with 1,219
Most tackles made: Richie McCaw (New Zealand) with 225
Most lineouts stolen: Ian Jones (New Zealand) with 24
All Time Teams Stats
Most points scored: New Zealand with 2,302, followed by Australia with 1,645
Most tries scored: New Zealand with 311, followed by Australia with 209
Most successful country: New Zealand with 3 titles (1987, 2011, 2015), followed by Australia with 2 (1991/1999)
International Stadium Yokohama
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