Wed 28 Oct 2015 | 09:53

Japan 2019 set for September

Japan 2019 set for September
Wed 28 Oct 2015 | 09:53
Japan 2019 set for September

The new tournament logo, two of Japan's most recognisable symbols – the rising sun and Mt Fuji – has also been unveiled. It is the first World Cup emblem since the International Rugby Board rebranded itself as World Rugby in 2014.

Japan 2019 set for SeptemberThe 2015 tournament will end with Saturday's final between holders New Zealand and Australia, which will also mark the competition's first steps into Asia.

"We couldn't be more pleased with how England 2015 has succeeded. We believe it has succeeded at every level. This has been the most competitive World Cup ever and I think the performance of the Japanese inspired all the other tier two teams so we had the smallest winning margins in World Cup history.

"Possibly the greatest story of 2015 has been the success of the Japanese team. The Japan-South Africa game, I'm sure they'll make Hollywood films of that one day as they did with Miracle on Ice.

"I'm sure 2019 will break records in some areas but it will be ground-breaking. It will look very different, feel very different and will sound different to any World Cup we have ever had," managing director of Rugby World Cup Limited, Brett Gosper said.

Head of RWC, Alan Gilpin, said the plan was to hold at least two games at each of the 12 venues in Japan. Details of the match schedule will be ironed out some time next year [2016] following a thorough review of the current [2015] tournament.

"There's a lot of work to do. We'll have an opportunity to work through with our partners in Japan on the draw, the match schedule and the hosting arrangements for 2019. So I think it will be well into next year [2016] before we are able to confirm the next step in that regard but obviously it's a very important part," Gilpin said.

The hosts have every intention of building on the success of the Eddie Jones-coached Japan team at RWC 2015, where the Brave Blossoms won three games, including one over eventual semi-finalists South Africa, but failed to reach the quarter-finals.

"A very inspiring movie called Invictus was made based on South Africa's winning the 1995 World Cup. Hopefully we can do similarly in 2019 to inspire Invictus II: the Japanese version," chief executive of the 2019 organising committee, Akira Shimazu said.


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