World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee have been looking ahead to an important year of preparation after Rugby World Cup 2019 marked 1,000 days to go.
Early in 2017, the network of world-class team camps will be selected, bringing the tournament even closer to more communities across Japan.
The pool draw in Kyoto in May will determine the key match-ups that fans will be talking about, triggering the match schedule and ticketing programme that will underpin the delivery of Asia’s first Rugby World Cup.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said:
2017 is the year when fans can really start to plan their Rugby World Cup experience as the pools, the match schedule and the ticketing program will all be known. So it’s going to be an important year for event planning.
Rugby World Cup plays a significant role in inspiring the next generation of rugby players and fans and a key objective of Asia’s first Rugby World Cup is to grow sustainable participation in Japan and throughout the entire continent.
In 2017, in partnership with Asia Rugby, we will be formally launching our IMPACT Beyond 2019 legacy programme, an ambitious project to deliver one million new participants to the game in Asia by 2020 and the infrastructure to support them.
Beaumont said that as the tournament enters a pivotal year, preparation is on track and the solid foundations for the delivery of a successful event are very much in place.
With 75% of Japan’s population within an hour of a Rugby World Cup 2019 host venue, this will be a tournament for all of Japan.
We continue to work in full partnership with our friends and colleagues at Japan Rugby 2019 to deliver a ground-breaking event that is great for Japan, great for Asia and great for the global game.