RWC 2019 JAPAN
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Japan Unveils Venues For RWC2019
4 March 2015 by Mark Tilley
The 12 cities and stadiums that will host matches at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan were revealed this week at simultaneous announcements in Tokyo and at World Rugby headquarters in Dublin.
Venues are located in an even geographical spread across Japan, from Sapporo City in the north to Kumamoto City in the south.
There is also a range of stadium capacities ranging from 80,000 at the New National Stadium in Tokyo to 15,000 at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.
Rugby World Cup Limited chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "This is an important milestone for the tournament. Now we know exactly where the matches will be staged in Japan and, more importantly, the people of those cities and fans around the world can start planning for the big event.
"It will be a wonderful tournament and, as it’s the first time Rugby World Cup will take place in Asia, it will be an important milestone for us as we continue to make good on our commitment to grow the global game."
A range of criteria were considered in the venue selection process, including stadium quality, nearby training and other facilities, transport and the availability of local accommodation for teams, fans and media.
The full list of venues is:
- Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
- Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture/Kamaishi City
- Kumagaya Rugby Ground, Saitama Prefecture/Kumagaya City
- New National Stadium Japan, Tokyo
- International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture/Yokohama City
- Ogasayama Sports Park Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka Prefecture
- Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture/Toyota City
- Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture/Higashi Osaka City
- Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium, Kobe City
- Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka City
- Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture/Kumamoto City
- Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
Meanwhile, World Rugby has also outlined the timeline for countries to submit bids to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup and said the successful bid will be announced in May 2017. The expression of interest phase will run from 14 May 2015 to 15 June 2015, with detailed tender information being sent to all interested unions in May 2016.
And the South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) has revealed that it will be bidding to host the tournament for a fourth time in a row, after being unsuccessful in 2011, 2015 and 2019. The IRFU has already announced that Ireland will be one of the countries bidding to host the 2023 World Cup as well.
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Flights will be reasonable but might take a few days to get there with Ryan Air and other low cost airlines. The food however, especially the Duck, will be excellent.
The travel agents are expected to have a late offer of a Charter. Details are expected to be published some time around May 2019