2019 Rugby World Cup

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2019 Rugby World Cup
2019 ラグビーワールドカップ
Tournament details
Host nations  Japan
 Hong Kong
Dates 6 September – 20 October
No. of nations 20

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup. At a special IRB meeting 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 are expected to host some of the matches.[1]


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.


In addition to the nine venues located in Japan, one venue each from Singapore and Hong Kong have also been proposed to host five matches respectively.[6] The IRB has raised concerns about the two foreign stadiums, which they believe to be too far away from Japan.[7] Nagai Stadium may be replaced by the planned football stadium in Kita-ku, Osaka.


Stadium Tenants Image City Sport Capacity
National Stadium Japan national football team Yamazaki-nabisco-Cup final 2004.jpg Japan Tokyo Association football,
currently 57,000 (to be reconstructed over 100,000)[8]
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium Japan Rugby Football Union Chichibunomiya3.JPG Japan Tokyo Rugby union 27,000
International Stadium Yokohama Yokohama F. Marinos NISSANSTADIUM20080608.JPG Japan Yokohama Association football,
Nagai Stadium Cerezo Osaka Nagai stadium20040717.jpg Japan Osaka Association football,
Toyota Stadium Nagoya Grampus,
Toyota Verblitz
Toyota sta 0313 2.JPG Japan Toyota Association football,
Rugby union
Sapporo Dome Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters,
Consadole Sapporo
Sapporo Dome 001.jpeg Japan Sapporo Association football,
Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium Vissel Kobe,
Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers
Inside View of Kobe Wing Stadium.jpg Japan Kobe Association football,
Rugby union
Level-5 Stadium Avispa Fukuoka Hakata no mori stadium-day.jpg Japan Fukuoka Association football,
Rugby union
Yurtec Stadium Sendai Vegalta Sendai,
Sony Sendai F.C.,
Vegalta Sendai Ladies
Sendaistadium2.JPG Japan Sendai Association football,
Rugby union, American football


Stadium Tenants Image City Sport Capacity
New Singapore National Stadium Singapore New Singapore National Stadium.jpg Singapore Singapore Association football,
Rugby Union,

Hong Kong[edit]

Stadium Tenants Image City Sport Capacity
Hong Kong Stadium South China,
Hong Kong national football team,
Hong Kong Sevens
Hong Kong Stadium-1.jpg Hong Kong Hong Kong Association football,
Rugby union


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. 
  6. ^ RWC 2015 /2019: 15 Main Topics & Venues of the Bid of Japan , Japan Rugby Football Union
  7. ^ 日本ラグビーW杯 IRB側が懸念, Sponichi, November 3, 2009
  8. ^ 国立競技場の建て替え検討, Asahi Shimbun, September 15, 2011

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