Wednesday, 29th July 2009
Japan wins 2019 Rugby World Cup
The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan, it has been announced.
After discussions between members of the International Rugby Board, the 2019 tournament was given to Japan, with the 2015 event set to be held in England.
Speaking after the news was released, Japan Rugby Football Union president Yoshiro Mori talked of "the god of rugby" smiling on Japan.
"I am filled with emotion to be a part of this historic day for Japan and for rugby around the world," he commented.
Bid committee chairman Nobby Mashimo said that Japan has many good facilities to offer to the event and that the country will be honoured to welcome the "global rugby family".
The event in Japan will be the first time that the Rugby World Cup has been held in Asia.
Japan beat South Africa and Italy in the bidding but also lost out itself in the fight for the 2011 event, which will be held in New Zealand.
Written by Kimberley Homer.