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Monday, 3rd November 2008
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Japan's rugby World Cup case 'gathering pace'

The case for Japan to host the rugby World Cup is gathering momentum, it has been claimed.

According to the New Zealand Herald's Gregor Paul, the tournament could provide the single biggest boost to the popularity of the game throughout Asia.

Japan's coach John Kirwan said: "I believe the future is Asia. I think the game is saturated in the UK and in the southern hemisphere."

Restating his belief that the past games have been awarded to the wrong countries, he added: "It's important we understand strategically where we are going. So no more political games. Let's make the right decision for our game."

The Daily Yomiuri reported recently that Japan's hopes of hosting the event could receive a further boost if England pulls out of the running.

Francis Bacon, chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, said England could quit the race unless the International Rugby Board reduces its financial demands.

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