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2019 Rugby World Cup pool draw date set for May 2017

The pool draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in May 2017, eight months closer to the tournament than the draw for 2015.

World Rugby appears to have settled on a compromise date aimed at appeasing all parties ahead of the crucial World Cup draw.

Japanese organisers had lobbied for the draw to take place in late 2016, keen to sell tickets for specific matches as soon as possible with the Olympics coming to the country in 2020.


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Twelve cities make the cut for 2019 World Cup Rugby World Cup organisers have announced the 12 venues across Japan that will host matches in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The venues are located across t

Except it is based around the new IRB, or rather now World Rugby, logo template for their tournaments.

That's a very smart looking logo, and can see it working well as a template for RWCs (unlike FIFA's awkward World Cup shaped logos of recent years). I think a Gamesbids logo competition could be on t

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RWC 2019 Match Schedule






RWC 2019 Match Schedule

RWC 2019 match schedule has been announced. View the details below or download one of the PDF files.


Match Schedule Documents



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On 1/26/2018 at 1:49 PM, Ikarus360 said:


That certainly would apply as far as to the horrific refereeing in the Spain-Belgium Rugby World Cup qualification match in Belgium from the Romanian ref is concerned. World Rugby plans an investigation. A rematch should be in order.  

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Russia qualify for Rugby World Cup after Romania, Belgium and Spain are penalised

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia have qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Romania – who had initially secured the slot – Spain and Belgium were docked points for repeatedly using ineligible players during the qualifying competition, World Rugby said on Tuesday.

After a “remodelling” of the qualification process, Russia emerged top to advance to next year’s tournament in Japan. It will be their second appearance following 2011 in New Zealand when they lost all four pool games.

Germany, who have never been in a World Cup, now have another chance as they are promoted to face Portugal in a playoff, though the winners face a daunting final step with a two-legged playoff against Samoa.

The winner on aggregate will qualify for Japan 2019 in Pool A, alongside the hosts, Ireland, Scotland and Russia. The loser will still have a chance of progress via the Repechage competition in November.

Tuesday’s announcement is the latest twist to a complicated and controversial series of matches as, following an investigation by the independent Judicial and Disputes committee, the three nations were docked five match points for each ineligible player used.

Belgium were found to have fielded five ineligible players and were docked 30 points along with a suspended fine of 125,000 pounds ($168,988).

Spain used Mathieu Belie and Bastien Fuster, who have both previously played for France Under-20s, in eight qualification matches, leading to a 40-point deduction and a 50,000 pounds suspended fine.

Romania had only one ineligible player, Sione Faka’osilea, who previously played for Tonga Sevens. They were given a 100,000 pounds suspended fine and their 30 docked points overturned their World Cup qualification.

All the decisions are subject to appeal within 14 days and Tuesday’s announcement is unlikely to be the final word.



Spain’s initial appeal to replay their match against Belgium, when a Romanian referee was in charge and Spain’s shock defeat sent Romania through at their expense, was rejected, despite the sport’s governing body supporting it.

“Having considered all the evidence, including submissions from World Rugby, Rugby Europe, Spain and Belgium, the independent committee refused the request made by World Rugby and Spain to set aside the result of the match and determined that the match should not be replayed,” the committee said in a statement.

In reference to the entire investigation, the committee added: “Although mistakes were made by Rugby Europe and participating unions, they had not acted in bad faith. The committee also recommended that World Rugby re-emphasise the importance and sanctity of Regulation 8 (eligibility) and any other steps that will prevent a repeat of these circumstances.”

The Spanish Rugby Federation said they were very disappointed by the decisions, having sought clearance for Belie and Fuster from their French counterparts, and were considering an appeal.

“It should be recognised that the (eligibility) rule is confusing and World Rugby should have created a procedure and created a system to avoid these type of undesirable situations from happening,” the federation said in a statement.

Eligibility for international rugby is a notoriously complicated affair, with countries often nominating their own choice of “capture” level team that ensures a player cannot then switch nationalities.

Recognising this, the independent committee added in its report: “World Rugby might want to consider whether to maintain a database showing players who have been captured by Unions.”


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Tickets for the RWC are released now and oh my god, I love the branding so far. Very japanese. I feel sometimes Tokyo 2020 missed a big oportunity when they went for the simplistic checkered pattern instead of something like this.





On June 17, 2019, organizers unveiled the ticket designs for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Japan on September 20. Musha-e, a popular genre of ukiyo-e (traditional woodblock prints) depicting the exploits of samurai, provide the inspiration for illustrations of rugby’s “warriors” engaged in tackles and hand-offs. Tickets will come in three colors: purple, red, and blue.

The production team began discussions with designers in summer 2018. At the outset, the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organizing Committee asked designers to express “Japaneseness.” Miyoshi Mikiko, head of the Ticketing Department for the tournament, explains: “The Rugby World Cup 2019 is not only the first tournament in Japan, it will be the first in Asia as a whole. We’re promoting the event by stressing that it isn’t something to enjoy every four years, but ‘Once in a lifetime!’ We accordingly sought to create a unique ticket design that would be a lifelong memento, expressing both Japanese tradition and innovation.”

The team also took past ticket designs into account. The tickets for the England tournament proved popular, with polished designs incorporating photos of past Rugby World Cup–winning England team captains like Martin Johnson. Miyoshi says that for 2019, the musha-e concept was chosen almost unanimously from among a field of contenders. “They’re an attractive expression of traditional Japanese culture, while also conveying the vigor of rugby and the intensity of athletes clashing. We felt that the musha-e style would prove popular with spectators from abroad.” Musha-e originally depicted samurai heroes from Japan’s Warring States period (1467–1568). The players competing in the World Cup are heroes in their respective countries, so it seems a fitting image for the tournament.

Ticket issuance will start in late July. Fans can now look forward to finding out which of the designs they receive. Of course, those who purchase multiple tickets have a higher chance to score different designs. Because tickets are printed with the purchaser’s name, they make a wonderful souvenir of the World Cup.

Rugby mood is slowly getting into Japan as the Iwate train was dressed up with Rugby motifs recently



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On 7/1/2019 at 2:56 AM, Ikarus360 said:

Tickets for the RWC are released now and oh my god, I love the branding so far. Very japanese. I feel sometimes Tokyo 2020 missed a big oportunity when they went for the simplistic checkered pattern instead of something like this.




Love those tickets! :wub:

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Typhoon threatening to disrupt Rugby World Cup could hurt Ireland's hopes, help Japan

At the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Japan has so far topped its group, Pool A, with three consecutive wins that could see it go through to the knockout stages for the first time ever. But the possibility of the team reaching the top eight without having to wait for its next match has arisen from an unlikely and capricious ally.

Typhoon Hagibis, the 19th tropical storm of the year, formed in the early hours of Oct. 6, and is feared to reach the Kyushu region of western Japan by the weekend. At 7:45 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 12, the day before Japan and Scotland are set to meet, Ireland is due to play Samoa at the Level5 Stadium in Fukuoka, a major city in the Kyushu region.

If the game is called off, tournament rules will class the result as a draw. Were that to happen, Japan would be guaranteed a place in the top two of Pool A, and a berth in the knockout stage.

In Pool A, Russia and Samoa cannot qualify for the next round. It remains for Japan, Ireland and Scotland to compete to advance. At the moment, Japan is top of the group with 14 points and a game left to play. Ireland has 11 points with one game remaining too, and Scotland has 5 points but two matches to play.

On Oct. 9, Scotland, which is ninth in the world rankings compiled by World Rugby as of Oct. 7, will play Russia, currently placed 20th. Scotland has a high chance of winning the clash, and if the team does emerge victorious and scores four tries or more, it'll get a bonus point that nets the squad a total of 5 points in the Pool A standings, taking the side's total to 10 points. But were the Scots to lose or draw at this stage, then Japan's finish inside the top two would be assured.

The chances of the three horse race at the top of Pool A dragging into its final matches are high, but what's causing concern now are the potential effects brought by the typhoon. If the Oct. 12 match between Ireland and Samoa ends in a draw due to the game being canceled, both teams receive 2 points. Ireland would finish its Pool A campaign with a total of 13 points, thereby guaranteeing Japan's qualification to the next round.

Under those circumstances, if Scotland went on to defeat Japan on Oct. 13, then Ireland, who are seen as contenders to lift this year's trophy, would lose its place in the knockout stages.

In the game of rugby, matches usually go ahead even under rainy conditions, and in previous Rugby World Cups, there has never been a canceled match due to rain. Rules are in place to postpone games during the elimination rounds, but in the tightly scheduled group stages matches are simply canceled.

There were earlier concerns about holding the Pool C game between the U.S. and France on Oct. 2 at the Level5 Stadium due to the effects from Typhoon Mitag, the 18th of the season, but it went ahead without issue from the storm.

According to the Japan Rugby Football Union, past tournaments in the country have seen games canceled due to the effects on mass transit systems from earthquakes, typhoons and other phenomena. After strong earthquakes hit Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture, in September 2018, an official match for the Japan Top League set to take place in the prefectural capital of Sapporo was called off.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Typhoon Hagibis is especially strong and expected to be more powerful than any of the others that have hit Japan this year. It's forecast to come close to Fukuoka on Oct. 12.

The Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee said on Oct. 7, "We are carefully watching the potential effects a typhoon could have on the tournament, and we are continuing to monitor our response with cooperation from specialists and other related organizations."

Date:October 8, 2019

News source:Mainichi Japan

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Rugby World Cup: England and New Zealand games cancelled as Japan braces for super typhoon – as it happened

  • World Rugby has announced the cancellation of two matches this weekend, due to the impact of Super Typhoon Hagibis.
  • The England v France and New Zealand v Italy matches will be cancelled.
  • Scotland’s fate still hangs in the balance after tournament organisers said they would wait until Sunday morning to decide if the Scots’ final and decisive pool match against Japan would go ahead that evening.
  • For matches that do not go ahead as scheduled, two points will be awarded to each team in line with tournament rules.
  • Tournament director, Alan Gilpin, said Scotland, who would need a strong victory over Japan in order to make it through the group stage, would not be given special treatment. “Italy are in exactly the same position Scotland are in,” he said. “We won’t be treating that match, if it can’t be played, any differently.”
  • Gilpin said the decisions had not been made lightly, but that safety was the organisers number one concern. “While making every possible effort to put in place a contingency plan that would enable all of Saturday’s matches to be played, it would be grossly irresponsible to leave teams, fans, volunteers and other tournament personnel exposed during what is predicted to be a severe typhoon,” he said.
  • A spokesman for Scottish Rugby said: “With potential impact on our last Pool A fixture, Scottish Rugby fully expects contingency plans to be put in place to enable Scotland to contest for a place in the quarter-finals, and will be flexible to accommodate this.”
  • Super Typhoon Hagibis is predicted to be one of the most violent typhoons in recent history. If it makes landfall in Japan as it is predicted to on Saturday, it could cause huge damage and potential casualties.
  • Eddie Jones said he will take his England squad down to Miyazaki for the weekend to train away from the storm before relocating to Oita early next week.

Date: 10 OCT 2019

News source:The Guardian

Link to this article:https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2019/oct/10/rugby-world-cup-tournament-japan-super-typhoon-hagibis-england-scotland-france-game-live

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