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Rugby World Cup venues in focus

The Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan today when the host nation take on Russia, with six weeks of stunning action ahead of us.

The final will take place in Yokohama, while Pool games will be contested in stadiums across Japan. They are:

Tokyo Stadium

Tokyo Stadium will host some of Rugby World Cup’sbiggest matches, including the opening ceremony and the match that kicks it all off today when host nation Japan takes on Russia. Tokyo Stadium is a regular venue for Top League, Japan’s premier club rugby competition and will also play host to the Olympic Rugby Sevens at Tokyo 2020.

Capacity: 49,970

Completed: 2000

 Sapporo- Sapporo Dome

Sapporo Dome is a fully enclosed, 40,000 seat stadium designed to host baseball matches in a diamond format. It transforms to house a rectangular field for rugby or football. The rectangular pitch is a natural grass turf, grown outdoors. When the stadium transforms, the pitch automatically floats into the stadium and is positioned around the newly reconfigured seating set up.

Capacity: 41,410

Completed: 2001

Sapporo Dome

Iwate/Kamaishi- Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium pays tribute to the people of Kamaishi and those who died in the Tsunami on 11 March 2011. The stadium was built on the site of the former elementary and junior high schools that were destroyed.

Capacity: 16,334

Completed: 2018

Kamaishi Memorial Recovery Stadium

Saitama/Kumagaya- Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

Built in 1991, Kumagaya Rugby Stadium is a favourite of Japanese rugby fans as one of the country’s premier stadia built exclusively for rugby. The stadium was completely refurbished ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019, making it a truly world class, international rugby venue.

Capacity: 25,600

Completed: 1991

Kanagawa/Yokohama- International Stadium Yokohama

Yokohama is often credited as the birthplace of rugby in Japan with rugby matches reportedly taking place as early as the 1860s at the Yokohama Football Club, known today as the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club.

Capacity: 72,327

Completed: 1997

Shizuoka – Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa

It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque setting for a Rugby World Cup venue. Nestled in among green, verdant hills and looking out across Shizuoka’s famous tea plantations, Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA will host the Japan vs Ireland game on 28 September.

Capacity: 50,889

Completed: 2001

Aichi/Toyota – City of Toyota Stadium

The purpose-built, rectangular City of Toyota Stadium has steep, high stands, with fans feeling like they’re on top of the field. City of Toyota Stadium will host four Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures.

Capacity: 45,000

Completed: 2001

Osaka/Higashiosaka- Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Hanazono Rugby Stadium dates back to 1929 and is the home of Japanese High School Rugby. The stadium has undergone extensive refurbishment ahead of the tournament and it will host four Rugby World Cup 2019 matches.

Capacity: 24,000

Completed: 1929

Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Kobe – Kobe Misaki Stadium

Nestled inside the thoroughly cosmopolitan and quietly sophisticated port city of Kobe, Kobe Misaki Stadium is a purpose-built rectangular stadium that will give fans an up-close view of all the on-field action.

Capacity: 30,132

Completed: 2001

Fukuoka – Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium is a compact and intimate venue and a purpose-built rectangular stadium. Fans will enjoy being close to the on-field action, and close to the city of Fukuoka.

Capacity: 21,562

Completed: 1995

Kumamoto – Kumamoto Stadium

Set among green forested hills, rolling parkland and rich agricultural land, Kumamoto Stadium will host two Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures.

Capacity: 30,228

Completed: 1998

Oita – Oita Stadium

Set within stunning parkland just outside Oita City, Oita Stadium will host five epic Rugby World Cup 2019 matches including the quarterfinals of Pools A and B. Oita is the largest Rugby World Cup 2019 venue on the southern island of Kyushu.

Capacity: 40,000

Completed: 2001