Are you a rugby fan? Do you follow rugby tournaments happening across the world? Do you know that the Rugby World Cup is just around the corner? You will agree that all rugby fans eyes will be this round in Asia for the first round. The Rugby World Cup 2019 will be in Japan and there will be 20 teams who will be there to represent different nations. These twenty teams have been placed in four pool; A, B, C and D where each pool comprises of five teams .the top two teams from each pool will advance to the next stage of knockouts. And the rest will have to say goodbye to this competition.
This year’s edition of the Rugby World Cup, which is now the third-largest sporting tournament across the globe, will run from the 20th September to 2nd November. This implies that you will watch your favorite sport for a total of seven weeks.
Moreover, this year’s edition will mark another logo to the tournament. The new Rugby World Cup 2019 logo will represent the theme of unity. It has been made to integrate the rising sun. This will represent unity when the world will be coming together in completion for one trophy.
- 1 RWC 2019 Opening Ceremony
- 2 RWC 2019 Venues
- 2.1 Sapporo Dome–Sapporo City
- 2.2 Kamaishi–Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
- 2.3 Kumagaya–Kumagaya Rugby Ground
- 2.4 Tokyo–Tokyo New National Stadium
- 2.5 Yokohama–International Stadium
- 2.6 Shizuoka–Ogasayama Sports Park
- 2.7 Toyota–Toyota Stadium
- 2.8 Hanazono Rugby Stadium
- 2.9 Misaki Park Stadium
- 2.10 Hakatanomori Football Stadium
- 2.11 Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium
- 2.12 Oita Stadium–Oita Prefecture
- 3 Final Words
RWC 2019 Opening Ceremony
Do you want to be part of this tournament? If so, then you have to know that the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony as from Friday, 20th of September. This will be the day when the William Ellis Trophy will be presented to the fans in an Opening Ceremony. Hopefully, you don’t want to miss this outstanding ceremony.
RWC 2019 Venues
While the Rugby World Cup 2019 will have many matches, this implies that a single stadium can’t sustain the tournament. So, the management has confirmed that the tournament will be hosted across 12 different stadiums in Japan.
Here we briefly look at each stadium. What is important, we are going to inform of the matches that will be played at each stadium.
Sapporo Dome–Sapporo City
Our first stadium is this Sapporo stadium which has a capacity of over 40 000 people. The stadium was built and finished in 2001 and has an outstanding ground for some major tournaments in football, baseball, and rugby. This coming September it will be another time when it will host one of the Rugby World Cup 2019 matches.
This stadium that is known to have a sliding environment will host the matches, Australia against Fiji and England against Tonga.
Kamaishi–Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
From the name itself, you can deduce, why the stadium was built. The facility was built to remember those who died in the 2011 Kamakshi tsunami. This stadium which was built and finished in 2018, offers a capacity of up to 20 000 spectators.
This implies that if you are planning to visit the Kamaishi city and have an opportunity to watch FIJI vs Uruguay and Namibia vs Canada, look for your ticket as soon as possible.
Kumagaya–Kumagaya Rugby Ground
Our third stadium is this one of Kumagaya city which has to carry capacity of up to 24 000 spectators. This stadium that was built and completed in 1991 has been a major host to some of the top rugby tournaments in Japan and the Rugby World Cup 2019 will be just among them.
Which the main intention to serve the rugby needs, it has been built to meet the World rugby standards. In this coming tournament, it will host the matches, Russia vs. Samoa, Uruguay vs. Georgia, and Argentina vs. the USA.
Apart from hosting this year’s Rugby World Cup, it will also host 2020 Olympic seven.
Tokyo–Tokyo New National Stadium
Among the stadiums, the Tokyo stadium, which has a capacity of 50 000 spectators will also, host a number of matches in this tournament. Built and finished in 2000, it was used as housing for the survivors of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami and earthquake.
But of late, it is being used to host top sports such as football, rugby, and athletics.
In this facility, you will have an opportunity to cheer several matches of the tournament, which will include, Japan vs. Russia, France vs. Argentina, Australia vs. Wales, England vs. Argentina, and New Zealand vs. Namibia.
More so, you will have an opportunity to watch two knockouts and the third-place playoff.
This is among the largest stadiums, which will host some plays of this tournament. The Yokohama International stadium is the same stadium, which hosted the 2002 world cup final.
The stadium which has a capacity of up 73 000 spectators was built and completed in 1997 and is mostly being utilized to host top sports such as Football and athletics.
The matches that it will host include South Africa vs. New Zealand, Scotland vs. Ireland, France vs. England, and Scotland vs. Japan. More so, it will host the two semifinals and the final.
Though it is a relatively larger stadium than any other stadium that will host, any event of this tournament, the YOKOHAMA international stadium was designed to ensure that you don’t miss any part, action or play regardless of where you are sitting around the stadium. Indeed, the architecture did his work properly. So, don’t worry.
Shizuoka–Ogasayama Sports Park
The Ogasayama sports park that was built and completed in 2001 has a capacity of over 50000 people. The facility has been put to use by hosting several top sports such as Football and athletics.
In this facility, you will have an opportunity to cheer the matches, Japan vs. Ireland, Italy vs. South Africa, Russia vs. Scotland and Australia vs. Georgia.
The Toyota stadium Is another excellent stadium that will see host the matches, Georgia vs. wales, South Africa vs. Namibia, Japan vs. Samoa and New Zealand vs. Italy. The stadiums are known from its retractable roof that folds in an accordion-like structure and takes a while to reopen.
It was built and completed in 2001. Its capacity of 45 000 has seen it host major sports such as football and rugby.
Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Located in the city of Osaka, the Hanazono stadium will also give host to some important matches of the tournament, which include Italy vs. Namibia, Argentina vs. Tonga, Fiji vs. Georgia, and USA vs. Tonga.
The nice stadium was built and finished in 1929. It has a carrying capacity of 30 000 spectators. The ground is known to be one of the oldest rugby stadiums across Japan and has been hosting major rugby tournaments.
Misaki Park Stadium
The Misaki park stadium with a capacity of 30,132 is located in Kobe city. The facility will host the matches, USA vs. England, Samoa vs. Scotland, Russia vs. Ireland, and Canada vs. South Africa.
Built and finished in 2001, the nice stadium has been hosting other major sports such as football. The stadium is also unique from its retractable roof, which was part of the renovations it received in the preparation for the 2002 football world cup.
Hakatanomori Football Stadium
Hatanomori stadium located in the city of Fukuoka is a known stadium built and completed in 1995 for football specifically. This is the same ground, which hosted the four plays of the 2009 junior world cup championship. However, this round it will offer us a host to enjoy our favorite tournament, the Rugby World Cup.
With a capacity of 22 000 people, it is a nice stadium which will host Italy vs. Canada, France vs. USA and Ireland vs. Samoa matches.
Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium
The Prefectural stadium that is located in Kumamoto city has a capacity of 32 000.it was built and completed in 1998 and has been put in use for hosting some major sporting events such as football, rugby, and athletics.
This facility that was the training base for the Belgium football team during the 2002 football world cup will host some of the Rugby World Cup matches of this year. The matches include France vs. Tonga, and wales vs. Uruguay.
Oita Stadium–Oita Prefecture
The last stadium, which will also offer itself so that we can enjoy and cheer our favorite tournament, is the iota Stadium. It is a relatively larger stadium with a holding capacity of 40000 people.
This stadium, which was built and finished in 2001, has been used to host some major sporting and recreational events such as football.
The stadium, which was designed by one of the known architects in Japan, it bears a nice looking design which to be there will another unwinding moment to see all actions during the plays regardless of your sitting position.
The above is the official 12 stadiums that have been confirmed to offer a host to the Rugby World Cup 2019. You know your favorite game; look for tickets where you can watch that dream play. If it is possible, you can access the tickets to all the venues in an attempt not to miss any part of the tournament.