Japan aims to bring the Rugby World Cup to as wide an audience as possible in the fledgling rugby nation and host cities stretch from the northern island of Hokkaido to Fukuoka, on the western tip of the archipelago. The government is also hoping to breathe new life into an area wrecked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, creating the only purpose-built stadium in a town destroyed by the disaster. Here are the 12 stadiums hosting matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in just over 100 days with the opening ceremony on September 20 (capacity in brackets): - Yokohama International Stadium (72,327) - The biggest stadium and the venue for both semi-finals and the final on November 2. The Yokohama Stadium, just south of Tokyo, is used to holding major sporting events, having hosted the final of the 2002 football World Cup where Brazil beat Germany. Yokohama is synonymous with Japanese rugby history. British soldiers posted there brought the game to Japan, founding the Yokohama … [Read more...] about From Hokkaido to Fukuoka, Japan’s Rugby World Cup stadiums
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Alan Dymock is the Features Editor for Rugby World magazine. (CNN)In its entire history, Ireland has never made it past the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup. In eight attempts, it has failed to make it into the last four -- and in 1999 lost a play-off to make the quarters, against Argentina, while in 2007 the men in green couldn't get past the initial pool stage. Yet after Irish exploits in 2018, hope swelled that the Rugby World Cup in Japan the next year would be very, very different. That year Ireland won a Six Nations grand slam, defeating all its northern hemisphere rivals. On the summer tour Ireland won a series away to Australia, 2-1. In November, as well as beating Italy, Argentina and the US, it toppled the world No. 1 All Blacks 16-9 in Dublin. At the World Rugby awards at the end of the year, coach Joe Schmidt was named coach of the year, fly-half Johnny Sexton was player of the year, and the side won team of the year. Read More Ireland was on a roll... But … [Read more...] about Can Ireland reignite Rugby World Cup hopes?
In a year of world cups, RNZ Sport turns the spotlight on the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Graphic: RNZ / Michel Mulipola Where and when is the tournament and how do I keep track of it? The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is hosted by France from 7 June to 7 July. The Football Ferns' Sarah Gregorius with the FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT The 52 matches will be spread over nine venues; Valenciennes, Le Havre, Reims, Paris, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, Nice and Montpellier. The semi-finals and final will be at the Stade de Lyon which opened its doors in 2016. Its capacity just over 58,000 and it is the third largest stadium in France in terms of capacity. The games will be broadcast on Sky TV in New Zealand with the Football Ferns' group matches at 1am, 4am and 7am. Football Ferns group match schedule: Wednesday 12 June, 1am, NZ vs Netherlands, Le Havre Sunday 16 June, 7am, NZ vs Canada, Grenoble Friday 21 June, 4am, NZ vs Cameroon, Montpellier How did the Football Ferns … [Read more...] about Year of the Cups: Women’s Football World Cup 2019
In a statement issued by the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, it was confirmed that the 600-plus members from the island nations are openly considering a “legitimate player protest” in response to the plans, which were detailed by the New Zealand Herald on Thursday. Dan Leo, programme director for Pacific Rugby Players Welfare that represents Pacific Islanders playing the sport in Europe, labelled the plans “Pacific Rugby Disaster 2.0” in recognition of the detrimental effect that the formation of Sanzar (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia rugby) has had on the development across the smaller island nations. “This is 1995 and the creation of SANZAR all over again,” Leo said. “This is exactly what happened when they created Super Rugby and all of the subsequent years of expansion. Their watchword was – ‘let’s take their players but whatever happens, keep the islands out.’ “This will be Pacific Rugby Disaster … [Read more...] about Pacific Islands considering Rugby World Cup boycott as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga rebel against World Rugby plans
The Pacific Islands are considering a boycott of this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan in response to World Rugby’s “calamitous” plan to exile Fiji, Samoa and Tonga from the proposed World League. In a statement issued by the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, it was confirmed that the 600-plus members from the island nations are openly considering a “legitimate player protest” in response to the plans, which were detailed by the New Zealand Herald on Thursday. Dan Leo, programme director for Pacific Rugby Players Welfare that represents Pacific Islanders playing the sport in Europe, labelled the plans “Pacific Rugby Disaster 2.0” in recognition of the detrimental effect that the formation of Sanzar (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia rugby) has had on the development across the smaller island nations. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a … [Read more...] about Pacific Islands considering Rugby World Cup boycott