RWC 2019 Hosts Japan

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup. At a meeting of the International Rugby Board (IRB) held in Dublin in May 2009, Italy, Japan and South Africa made there presentations to be selected as hosts. All three Unions had also entered the bid process for 2015 and the decision for both Rugby World Cups will be made and announced at the IRB meeting in Dublin on the 28 July 2009.


On the 28 July 2009 The International Rugby Board (IRB) announced that Japan will be hosts for the event in 2019.The IRB voted 16-10 in favour of rubber-stamping the recommendation from Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) that Japan should be named hosts. The announcement by IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset had been widely expected after RWCL, the IRB-controlled company that oversees the tournaments, last month endorsed England and Japan as the strongest bidders, for 2015 and 2019 respectively.

Noboru Mashimo, JRFU Vice President/Chairman said

We are honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity. This is the first time that Rugby World Cup will be played outside the traditional Unions and this is a historical meaning. We accept the historical importance of this event to be held in Japan and we will work hard to make it a success."I would like to make sure that we have a more professional organisation so that we can stage international tournaments. We have a World Cup and we can stage top class international tournaments and matches in Japan so we the ability to host the World Cup so that is our next step.


Part of the Japanese bid included placing games overseas and this could have problems following the IRB stating that the competition should not cross boarders. Thus Japan will have to put compelling reasons for placing matchs overseas after submitting their bid with plans to split a pool between Singapore and Hong Kong, although it is hard to see the IRB dismissing that request given their desire to spread the game through Asia.

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