14 Sep 2018 in Have Fun
With tickets now on sale, start planning your 2019 trip!
The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be staged in 12 venues across Japan, with the biggest matches reserved for 3 venues: Tokyo Stadium, Oita Stadium in Kyushu, and the International Stadium Yokohama, which will host both semi-finals and the final.
Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo (first on the left)
The opening stages feature 4 pools of 5 teams, with the top 2 in each pool qualifying for the quarter-finals. New Zealand will be favourites, followed by the likes of England, Ireland, Australia, France and South Africa. The United States faces a tough group with England, France, Argentina and Tonga.
Here’s how the pools are shaping up for Rugby World Cup 2019.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) 18 août 2018
Japan’s national team, known as the Brave Blossoms or Cherry Blossoms, is Asia’s most successful rugby nation, winning the Asia Rugby Championships 25 times in 30 participations.
Currently ranked 11th in the World Rugby Rankings, Japan will be hoping to recreate the kind of form that saw it beat South Africa in the 2015 edition.
— Japan Rugby (@JRFURugby) 27 juin 2018
Some of the big group matches are:
- 21 Sept: New Zealand v. South Africa (Yokohama)
- 28 Sept: Japan v. Ireland (Shizuoka)
- 29 Sept: Australia v. Wales (Tokyo)
- 12 Oct: England v. France (Yokohama)
General tickets go on sale this month, so start planning your trip now! And why not treat yourself to a ryokan experience at the same time?