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Friday, 8th May 2009
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Japan bids to host Rugby World Cup

Japan has submitted a bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2015 or 2019, it been revealed.

Nobby Mashimo, chairman of the Japan Rugby Football Union, was reportedly preparing to submit an application today (May 8th) to the International Rugby Board (IRB).

He said the bid was special as it would bring the sport to Asia, commenting: "We believe that we can deliver a Rugby World Cup that will capture the hearts and minds of people and provide the platform to take rugby to new levels."

If Japan wins the bid, it will be the first time the tournament has been held in Asia.

Despite being hotly tipped to win the 2011 World Cup, the event was eventually awarded to New Zealand.

The hosts of the World Cup in 2015 and 2019 will be announced by the IRB when its it meets in Dublin on July 28th.

Recently, Toshiba was announced as sponsor of the IRB Junior Worlds title.

Written by Mike Cotgreave

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