2019 Rugby World Cup

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2019 Rugby World Cup
2019 ラグビーワールドカップ
2019年世界杯橄榄球赛
Tournament details
Host nation  Japan
Dates 6 September – 20 October
No. of nations 20
2015
2023

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup. At a special meeting of the sport's governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB; known as World Rugby from November 2014), held in Dublin on 28 July 2009, Japan was announced as the host for the competition. This will be the first time the tournament is to be held in Asia, and also the first time that the event will be hosted by a nation outside the traditional top tier of the sport. Hong Kong and Singapore had expressed interest in hosting some of the matches and were included as part of the JRFU's successful original hosting bid to the IRB but were not amongst the fourteen locations announced by organisers Japan 2019 on the 5th November 2014 that had formally bid for the right to host games.[1]

Bid[edit]

The IRB requested that any member unions wishing to host the 2019 or 2015 Rugby World Cup should indicate their interest by 15 August 2008. This would be purely to indicate interest; no details had to be provided at this stage. A record ten unions indicated interest in hosting either the 2015 and/or the 2019 events. The 2019 tournament received interest from nine different nations.

Jamaica were the most surprising union to announce an interest in hosting the event, considering they had never participated in a previous World Cup, though they quickly withdrew. Russia also initially announced plans to bid for both the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, but withdrew both bids in February 2009 in favour of what proved to be a successful bid[2] for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.[3]

Australia withdrew from the bidding process on 6 May 2009.[4] The three potential hosts - Italy, Japan and South Africa - were announced on 8 May 2009.[5]

On 28 July 2009, the International Rugby Board (IRB) confirmed that England would host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Japan would host the 2019 event. The IRB voted 16–10 in favour of approving the recommendation from Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) that England and Japan should be named hosts.

Venues[edit]

The IRB, RWC Ltd, JRFU and host organisers Japan 2019 went through the process of asking for expressions of interest, and meeting with and explaining game hosting requirements to interested parties from late 2013. In May it was announced that twenty-two municipal and/or prefectural organisations had expressed interest from throughout Japan. Interested organisations were asked to enter a formal bid by the 31st October 2014. At a press conference on the 5th November in Tokyo, organisers Japan 2019 announced that bids from fourteen localities had been received. Secretary-General of the organising committee, Mr. Akira Shimazu advised that amongst the twenty-two interested parties, Yokohama (Yokohama International Stadium, venue for the 2002 FIFA World cup Final), and Niigata's Denka Big Swan Stadium, which was also a 2002 FIFA World Cup venue had decided not to bid. Shimazu added that the decision of Yokohama not to bid meant that it was virtually a fore-gone conclusion that the new National Stadium in Tokyo would host both the semi-finals, and the third-place playoff in addition to the opening game and final.

There have been a number of changes to the venues submitted in the JRFU's original bid in 2009. Gone are both Hong Kong and Singapore. All games will be in Japan. The JRFU's own Chichibunomiya Stadium in Tokyo which might've been expected to host smaller interest games in the capital is missing. Also the JRFU plumped for the larger, and more modern 50,000 seat Nagai multi-purpose stadium as its preferred venue for games in Osaka in 2009 but the Osaka Municipality and East Osaka City governments have submitted the Hanazono Rugby Stadium which they are planning to refurbish as the Osaka venue option. East Osaka City will take over the stadium from long-time corporate owners Kintetsu in April 2015. Kamaishi, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Oita, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto are all venues that weren't part of the JRFU's bid. While the bids include venues from a broad area of Japan, two parts won't be involved in hosting. Firstly the Hokushin'etsu area (Hokuriku region and Koshin'etsu region), which includes the city of Niigata, and secondly the Chugoku Region, including Hiroshima City, and nearby Shikoku Island. No city in the latter region were venues for games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup but Hiroshima did host games in the 2006 Basketball World Championship.

The number of venues is expected to be between ten and twelve in total. Japan 2019 has repeatedly given March 2015 in the Japanese media as the time when the venues for the 2019 Rugby World cup will be announced.

2019 Venue Long List[edit]

Stadium Tenants Image City Sport Capacity
National Stadium Japan national football team Yamazaki-nabisco-Cup final 2004.jpg Japan Tokyo Association football,
Athletics,
Rugby union
currently 57,000 (to be reconstructed to 80,000)
Shizuoka Stadium Jubilo Iwata,
Shimizu S Pulse
Ecopa030304.jpg Japan Shizuoka Association football,
Athletics
50,889
Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium Kintetsu Liners Kintetsu Hanazono rugby stadium.jpg Japan Osaka Rugby union 30,000 (to be reconstructed to 40,000-50,000?)
Toyota Stadium Nagoya Grampus,
Toyota Verblitz
Toyota sta 0313 2.JPG Japan Toyota Association football,
Rugby union
45,000
Sapporo Dome Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters,
Consadole Sapporo
Sapporo Dome 001.jpeg Japan Sapporo Association football,
Baseball
41,000
Oita Bank Dome Oita Trinita Ōita Stadium with its roof closed.jpg Japan Oita Association football 40.000
Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium Vissel Kobe,
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers
Inside View of Kobe Wing Stadium.jpg Japan Kobe Association football,
Rugby union
34,000
Umakana Yokana Stadium Roasso Kumamoto Kkwing20060513.JPG Japan Kumamoto Association football 32,000
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium - Kumagayasogo2a.JPG Japan Kumagaya Rugby Union 24,000
Level-5 Stadium Avispa Fukuoka Hakata no mori stadium-day.jpg Japan Fukuoka Association football,
Rugby union
22,563
Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium Kyoto Purple Sanga Nishikyogoku stadium20130428.JPG Kyoto Association football 20,588
Nagasaki Athletic Stadium V-Varen Nagasaki Nagasaki Athletic Stadium1.JPG Japan Nagasaki Association football 20,022
Yurtec Stadium Sendai Vegalta Sendai,
Sony Sendai F.C.,
Vegalta Sendai Ladies
Sendaistadium2.JPG Japan Sendai Association football,
Rugby union, American football
19,694
Kamaishi Unosumai Reconstruction Stadium (Tentative name for new stadium) Kamaishi Seawaves No image
available
Japan Kamaishi Rugby union 15,000 (planned capacity of new stadium to be built after 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami)

Teams[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "England will host 2015 World Cup". BBC. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Russia to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Russia keen to bid for RWC Sevens 2013". International Rugby Board. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Australia withdraws 2019 Cup bid". BBC Sport. 2009-05-06. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  5. ^ "IRB confirms record RWC bid response". International Rugby Board. 2009-05-08. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 

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