Rugby World Cup: Japan Set For Opening Kick - Off

Rugby World Cup: Japan set for opening kick-off

The Rugby World Cup is set to kick off in Japan on Friday night. Over the next six weeks, 20 squads will compete for a shot at the title.

Forty-eight games will be held at 12 venues across the country. Among them is Kamaishi in northeastern Japan, a city devastated by the tsunami of 2011. The final will take place in Yokohama.

The teams are divided into 4 pools, with the top two advancing to the knockout rounds.

Japan is currently ranked 10th in the world, and will be hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Defending champion New Zealand is hoping to become the first nation to win the world cup three times in a row. The All Blacks will face South Africa, another top contender, on Saturday.

The tournament is being held in Asia for the first time.

More than 90 percent of tickets have already been sold.