Rugby: World Rugby Approves New Format For Rwc 2019 In Japan

Rugby: World Rugby approves new format for RWC 2019 in JapanJapan rugby received its second dose of good news in the space of a few hours Monday when it was announced that World Rugby had approved a revised roadmap for Rugby World Cup 2019.
Following on from the announcement that a Japan side had been included in the expanded Super Rugby competition, the sport's governing body confirmed that Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place in Japan.

"Having undertaken a full review and analysis of the hosting model as a consequence of the loss of Tokyo's new National Stadium as a host venue, World Rugby's Executive Committee is satisfied that the revised vision proposed by the Japan Rugby 2019 Organizing Committee, with the full support of the Japan government, meets the required criteria set by owners Rugby World Cup Limited and the World Rugby Council," World Rugby said in a statement.

Ajinomoto Stadium (Tokyo Stadium) will replace the new National Stadium as the Tokyo venue and will host the opening ceremony and opening match, with Nissan Stadium (Yokohama International Stadium) hosting the final.

"These are exciting, unprecedented times for Japan Rugby and this revised roadmap reinforces and reflects the shared vision and mission to deliver a Rugby World Cup that will be great for Japan, great for Asia and great for rugby," said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"We look forward to working in full partnership with the Japan Rugby 2019 Organizing Committee and the Japan Rugby Football Union as we look ahead to what promises to be a spectacular and highly successful event that will reach and inspire new audiences.

"We would like to thank our partners in Japan for their committed response to the stadium issue and all of the work they have undertaken, and in particular the prime minister of Japan and his government, Japan Sports Council and the governor of Tokyo and mayor of Yokohama for their full support."

Akira Shimazu, CEO of the Japan Rugby 2019 Organizing Committee, was naturally delighted with the news.

"This revised plan is an exciting blueprint for success and we are confident that Rugby World Cup 2019 will be a very special tournament for Japan and global rugby," he said.

"We are also confident that the selection of the Tokyo Stadium for the opening match and the final in the International Stadium Yokohama will provide a spectacular backdrop for the tournament across Japan, throughout Asia and around the world."