Rugby World Cup 2019

World Rugby's big gamble enters final stretch

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Nine years after the bold decision to take their showpiece tournament out of the sport's traditional heartlands for the first time, World Rugby are confident Japan will vindicate the gamble by delivering a top class 2019 World Cup. The hosts face Russia in the opening match of the tournament at… Read

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Nippon TV, NHK and J Sports appointed Japan rights holders for RWC 2019

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Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to deliver a record domestic broadcast audience after World Rugby announced the appointment of NHK, Nippon TV and J Sports as broadcaster rights-holders for Japan.  The appointment of Japan’s leading sports broadcasters as rights-holders will ensure that the tournament has the widest-possible audience reach… Read

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'Japanese John Travolta': The unlikely inspiration behind 2019 Rugby World Cup

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As Japan celebrates the one-year countdown to the Rugby World Cup on Thursday, few will be familiar with the curious case of the "Japanese John Travolta" who inspired the idea. On the pitch, the usual suspects must look for weaknesses in the armour of the mighty All Blacks as New… Read

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From Hokkaido to Fukuoka, Japan's Rugby World Cup stadia

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Japan aims to bring the Rugby World Cup to as wide an audience as possible in the fledgling rugby nation and host cities stretch from the northern island of Hokkaido to Fukuoka, on the western tip of the archipelago. The government is also hoping to breathe new life into an… Read

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Japan eyes quarterfinals berth at World Cup: Joseph

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With just a year to go before the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off, Japan coach Jamie Joseph says his side have freed themselves from their fear of failure and are fully capable of securing an historic quarterfinal berth. When Joseph took the reins from Eddie Jones in 2016, Japan's… Read

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RWC 2019 tickets back on sale as general public application period opens

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Tickets for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan are back on sale after the global window opened today for general public ticket applications. The general ticket application period which runs until 23:59 JST on Nov 12, is the first opportunity for anyone who is not a member of a priority… Read

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Tsunami-hit Kamaishi pins recovery hope on World Cup

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Yurie Endo was surprised more than 10 years ago to find people she met at her university in Tokyo knew more than she did about the rich rugby history of her hometown. "When I said I was from Kamaishi, one said, 'Hey, I know that rugby town,' and another said,… Read

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All Blacks' defeat offers World Cup hope for other teams

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A rare defeat for the mighty All Blacks has offered a glimmer of hope to teams hoping to wrestle the Webb Ellis Cup away from New Zealand at next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. The Springboks' 36-34 victory in Wellington on the weekend ended a 15-match winning streak for… Read

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England appoints New Zealander Mitchell as defense coach

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Former New Zealand head coach John Mitchell has been appointed as England's defense coach until the end of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said in a statement on Tuesday. Mitchell will leave his role of Executive of Rugby for South African Super Rugby… Read

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Soul-searching as Wallabies ranking hits new low

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The Wallabies slumped to their lowest world ranking ever Monday, sparking soul-searching about what can be done with a troubled team that has managed just two wins in their last nine tests. Their alarming slide was reinforced by the 23-19 upset win by Argentina on the Gold Coast on Saturday… Read

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