2019 Rugby World Cup
Two years from today, Japan will host the first ever Rugby World Cup in Asia from mid-September till the second week of November. If 2015 Rugby World Cup is any indication, its successor is going to be a big international event. The final of the championship is set to be staged in the Yokohama Stadium, known for hosting the 2002 football World Cup final. The ninth edition of the competition will witness 20 top teams from the 2015 tournament hassling on the field for the title. There is a lot to expect from the event as it is going present a series of closely contested fixtures. The draw solidified the pool stages wherein a number of ‘Titans’ got pitted against each other in the same pool. Case in point, setting New Zealand, the defending champion and South Africa, 2007 and 1995 winner against each other in the same pool. Also, France and England have been drawn in Pool C and their historic rivalry is only going to raise the temperature of the game. Japan too is highly enthusiastic about the global championship and has promised to stage a unique World Cup as this is the first time when the event is being positioned outside of the conventional Asian rugby strongholds. The tournament will traverse through twelve magnificent and magical Japanese cities with Opening Ceremony to be held at the prestigious Tokyo Stadium. The country is also capitalizing on the infrastructural advantages with Olympics happening right after the Rugby World Cup. So, the stage is set and all there’s left is waiting for 2019 to come sooner.