World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes that Japan 2019 will be “a very special and game-changing Rugby World Cup” as the one year to go milestone was marked with a series of celebrations across the host nation.
On 20 September, 2019, the world’s top 20 teams, supported by 1.8 million fans in-stadia and a global audience of hundreds of millions, will begin their quest to lift the most coveted trophy in rugby, the Webb Ellis Cup.
Kenya is seeking to be part of those 20 through a last chance tournament -repechage to be held in France in November 2018. The Simbas are due to play Canada, Hong Kong and Germany in the round robin tournament that will see the winner complete the 20-team global showpiece in Japan.
Since being awarded the hosting rights in 2009, the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee in full partnership with World Rugby, the Japan Rugby Football Union and national and local government, has been focused on delivering a unique, once-in-a-lifetime tournament, Asia’s first Rugby World Cup.
And as the tournament reaches the year to go countdown, Beaumont, a member of the World Rugby Council that selected Japan as host nine years ago, is confident that the organisers are making good in their bid promises.
“World Rugby selected Japan as we believed in the tremendous opportunity to further the sport across Asia, and I am delighted to say that with a year to go, we are confident that Japan 2019 will be a very special, successful and game-changing Rugby World Cup.
One year to go: Rugby World Cup 2019 by the numbers
First Rugby World Cup hosted in Asia
Six Worldwide Partners renewed in record time with record value
Ninth Rugby World Cup
12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south
207 broadcast territories
3,000 media in attendance
20,000 disadvantaged children in Asia who will benefit from ChildFund Pass It Back support
400,000 international visitors
899,288 Impact Beyond Asia 1 Million Project participants to date
1.8 million attendance
2.5 million tickets applied for to date
14 million rugby fans in Japan
112 million rugby fans in Asia
¥216.6 billion added value to the Japanese economy
Additional information from World Rugby Website