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Wednesday, 1st October 2008
In Japan Sports News,

Japan bids for rugby World Cup

Japan has launched a bid to host its first ever rugby World Cup.

Signalling its intention to make rugby "a truly global sport", the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has sent a letter to the International Rugby Board confirming its interest in hosting the tournament in 2015 or 2019.

Nobby Mashimo, chairman of the JRFU, commented: "We are bidding to host the Rugby World Cup not just for Japan but for Asia."

"It will not only bring rugby closer to the Asian community, but will foster the growth of the sport worldwide and spread the rugby spirit of teamwork and respect."

Japan will face competition in its bid for the 2015 tournament from Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.

Among the countries bidding for the 2019 World Cup are Jamaica and Russia.

Previously, Japan unsuccessfully bid to host the 2011 World Cup, which was awarded to New Zealand, reported Yahoo! News.

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