2019 Rugby World Cup

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup, and is to be held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November. This will be the first time the tournament is to be held in Asia, and outside the traditional heartland of rugby union.

Hong Kong and Singapore had expressed interest in hosting some of the matches and were included as part of the JRFU's successful original hosting bid to World Rugby (known at the time of bidding as the International Rugby Board, or IRB) but were not amongst the fourteen locations announced by organisers Japan 2019 on 5 November 2014 that had formally bid for the right to host games.[1]

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo, and the final match will be held at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. These venue assignments were announced in September 2015 when plans for the tournament were revised by Japan's organizing committee and accepted by World Rugby.[2] The National Olympic Stadium, being rebuilt for the 2020 Summer Olympics, was originally the centerpiece of Japan's Rugby World Cup bid, but revisions to the Olympic Stadium plans mandated the World Cup venue changes.

2019 Rugby World Cup
2019 ラグビーワールドカップ
2019 Rugby World Cup (logo)
Tournament details
Host nation Japan
Dates20 September – 2 November
No. of nations20 (93 qualifying)


The IRB requested that any member unions wishing to host the 2019 or 2015 Rugby World Cup should indicate their interest by 15 August 2008. This would be purely to indicate interest; no details had to be provided at this stage. A record ten unions indicated interest in hosting either the 2015 and/or the 2019 events. The 2019 tournament received interest from nine different nations.

Russia initially announced plans to bid for both the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, but withdrew both bids in February 2009 in favour of what proved to be a successful bid[3] for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.[4] Australia withdrew from the bidding process on 6 May 2009.[5]

The three potential hosts – Italy, Japan and South Africa – were announced on 8 May 2009.[6] At a special meeting held in Dublin on 28 July 2009, the International Rugby Board (IRB) confirmed that England would host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Japan would host the 2019 event. The IRB voted 16–10 in favour of approving the recommendation from Rugby World Cup Ltd (RWCL) that England and Japan should be named hosts.


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Ren-G, mascots for Rugby World Cup 2019

The IRB, RWC Ltd, JRFU and host organisers Japan 2019 went through the process of asking for expressions of interest, and meeting with and explaining game hosting requirements to interested parties from late 2013. In May it was announced that twenty-two municipal and/or prefectural organisations had expressed interest from throughout Japan. Interested organisations were asked to enter a formal bid by 31 October 2014. At a press conference on 5 November in Tokyo, organisers Japan 2019 announced that bids from fourteen localities had been received. Secretary-General of the organising committee, Mr. Akira Shimazu advised that amongst the twenty-two interested parties, Yokohama (Yokohama International Stadium, venue for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final), and Niigata's Denka Big Swan Stadium, which was also a 2002 FIFA World Cup venue, had decided not to bid. Shimazu added that the decision of Yokohama not to bid meant that it was virtually a fore-gone conclusion that the new National Stadium in Tokyo would host both the semi-finals, and the third-place playoff in addition to the opening game and final.

There have been a number of changes to the venues submitted in the JRFU's original bid in 2009. Gone are venues in Hong Kong and Singapore. All games will be in Japan. The JRFU's own Chichibunomiya Stadium in Tokyo which might have been expected to host smaller interest games in the capital is missing. Also the JRFU plumped for the larger, and more modern 50,000 seat Nagai multi-purpose stadium as its preferred venue for games in Osaka in 2009 but the Osaka Municipality and East Osaka City governments have submitted the Hanazono Rugby Stadium which they are planning to refurbish as the Osaka venue option. East Osaka City will take over the stadium from long-time corporate owners Kintetsu in April 2015. Kamaishi, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Oita, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto are all venues that weren't part of the JRFU's bid. While the bids include venues from a broad area of Japan, two parts won't be involved in hosting. Firstly the Hokushin'etsu area (Hokuriku region and Koshin'etsu region), which includes the city of Niigata, and secondly the Chugoku Region, including Hiroshima, and nearby Shikoku Island. No city in the latter region were venues for games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but Hiroshima did host games in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

On 17 July 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that plans to build the new National Stadium would be scrapped and rebid on amid public discontent over the stadium's building costs. As a result, the new stadium would not be ready until the 2020 Summer Olympics.[7] World Rugby released a statement saying that they were extremely disappointed by the announcement "despite repeated assurances to contrary from the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and Japan Sports Council," and would "need to consider the options relating to the impact of (the) announcement."[8]

In September 2015, World Rugby approved the Japan Rugby 2019 organizing committee's revised roadmap for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which sought to resolve the venue inadequacies caused by the floundering development of the National Stadium. It was agreed that the originally proposed National Stadium fixtures will be borne by the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu (a suburb of Tokyo), which will host the opening ceremony and opening match, and the Yokohama Stadium, which will host the final. The complete revised list of Rugby World Cup 2019 venues is:[2]

Chōfu Yokohama Fukuroi Higashiosaka
Tokyo Stadium International Stadium Yokohamaa Shizuoka Stadium Ecopaa Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Capacity: 49,970 Capacity: 72,327 Capacity: 50,889 Capacity: 30,000
Ajinomoto Stadium 2018-13 NISSANSTADIUM20080608 Ecopa030304 Kintetsu Hanazono rugby stadium
Fukuoka Toyota
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium City of Toyota Stadium
Capacity: 22,563 Capacity: 45,000
レベルファイブスタジアム3 Nagoya Grampus game in Toyota Stadium 100814
Sapporo Ōita
Sapporo Domea Oita Stadiuma
Capacity: 41,410 Capacity: 40,000
Sapporo Dome 001.jpeg Ooita Stadium20090514
Kumamoto Kobe Kumagaya Kamaishi
Kumamoto Stadium Kobe Misaki Stadiuma Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Capacity: 32,000 Capacity: 30,132 Capacity: 24,000 Capacity: 16,187
Kumamoto kk wing Inside View of Kobe Wing Stadium Kumagayarugby-07 釜石鵜住居復興スタジアム

a: Stadium/site used in 2002 FIFA World Cup


Rugby World Cup 2019 Qualification illustrated v2
Qualification illustrated

The top three teams in each of the four pools at the 2015 Rugby World Cup automatically qualified for the next tournament. Japan finished third in Pool B during the 2015 Rugby World Cup and so finished in a qualifying position – however, by virtue of hosting the tournament, Japan were assured qualification for the tournament before the 2015 Rugby World Cup took place. The remaining eight spaces were decided by existing regional competitions (e.g. the Rugby Europe International Championships) followed by a few cross regional play-offs. The final spot was decided by a repechage tournament in Marseille in November 2018, which was won by Canada.

The below table shows the qualified teams:

Qualified Teams
Region Team Qualification
Previous best result World
Africa  South Africa Automatic 6 Champions (1995, 2007)
 Namibia Africa 1 5 Pool stage
Americas North  United States Americas 1 7 Pool stage
 Canada Repechage 8 Quarter-finals (1991)
Asia  Japan Hosts 8 Pool stage
Europe  England Automatic 8 Champions (2003)
 France Automatic 8 Runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011)
 Georgia Automatic 4 Pool stage
 Ireland Automatic 8 Quarter-finals (1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015)
 Italy Automatic 8 Pool stage
 Russia Europe 1 1 Pool stage
 Scotland Automatic 8 Fourth place (1991)
 Wales Automatic 8 Third place (1987)
Oceania  Australia Automatic 8 Champions (1991, 1999)
 Fiji Oceania 1 7 Quarter-finals (1987, 2007)
 New Zealand Automatic 8 Champions (1987, 2011, 2015)
 Samoa Play-off winner 7 Quarter-finals (1991, 1995)
 Tonga Oceania 2 7 Pool stage
Sudamérica  Argentina Automatic 8 Third place (2007)
 Uruguay Americas 2 3 Pool stage
2019 Rugby World Cup Qualifying
     Qualified       Failed to qualify
     Did not enter or not a World Rugby full member

All the qualifying teams had previously qualified for the World Cup at least once. The most notable absence for the 2019 tournament was Romania, who had played in every previous tournament, but were effectively disqualified after fielding ineligible players during the qualification process.[9]


The pool draw took place[10] on 10 May 2017 in Kyoto.[11] The draw was moved from its traditional place of December in the year following the previous World Cup, after the November internationals, so that nations had a longer period of time to increase their World Rankings ahead of the draw.[12]

The seeding system from previous Rugby World Cups was retained with the 12 automatic qualifiers from 2015 being allocated to their respective bands based on their World Rugby Rankings on the day of the draw:

  • Band 1: The four highest-ranked teams
  • Band 2: The next four highest-ranked teams
  • Band 3: The final four directly qualified teams

The remaining two bands were made up of the eight qualifying teams, with allocation to each band being based on the previous Rugby World Cup playing strength:

  • Band 4: – Oceania 1, Americas 1, Europe 1, Africa 1
  • Band 5: – Oceania 2, Americas 2, Play-off Winner, Repechage Winner

This meant the 20 teams, qualified and qualifiers, were seeded thus (World Ranking as of 10 May 2017):

Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5

The draw saw a representative randomly draw a ball from a pot, the first drawn ball goes to Pool A, the second Pool B, the third Pool C and the fourth Pool D. The draw began with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe draw the pool of which hosts Japan were allocated to. The draw continued on to Band 5, drawn by Japanese Olympian Saori Yoshida, followed by Band 4, drawn by former Japanese rugby international Yoshihiro Sakata, then Band 3, drawn by All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen with the first team being drawn being allocated to Pool B, Band 2, drawn by Mayor of Yokohama Fumiko Hayashi and finally Band 1, drawn by World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 20 September 2019 in Tokyo Stadium.[13]

Pool stage

In the first round, or pool stage, the twenty teams are divided into four pools of five teams. Each pool will be a single round-robin of ten games, in which each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams are awarded four league points for a win, two for a draw and none for a defeat by eight or more points. A team scoring four tries in one match is awarded a bonus point, as is a team that loses by fewer than eight points – both bonus points are awarded if both situations apply.[14]

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D


 New Zealand
 South Africa

 United States


The teams finishing in the top two of each pool advance to the quarter-finals. The top three teams of each pool receive automatic qualification to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Tie-breaking criteria

If two or more teams are tied on match points, the following tiebreakers apply:

  1. The winner of the match between the two teams
  2. Difference between points scored for and points scored against in all pool matches
  3. Difference between tries scored for and tries scored against in all pool matches
  4. Points scored in all pool matches
  5. Most tries scored in all pool matches
  6. Official World Rugby Rankings as of 14 October 2019

If three teams were tied on points, the above criteria would be used to decide first place in the Pool, and then the criteria would be used again (starting from criterion 1) to decide second place in the Pool.

Key to colours in pool tables
Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup
Eliminated but qualified for 2023 Rugby World Cup

Pld = Number of games played; W = Number of games won; D = Number of games drawn; L = Number of games lost; TF = Number of tries scored (Tries For); PF = Number of points scored in the game (Points For); PA = Number of points scored against the team (Points Against); +/− = The difference, PF − PA; BP = Bonus (pool) points ; Pts = Total number of (pool) points.

Pool A

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
20 September 2019 Japan  v  Russia Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
22 September 2019 Ireland  v  Scotland International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
24 September 2019 Russia  v  Samoa Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
28 September 2019 Japan  v  Ireland Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
30 September 2019 Scotland  v  Samoa Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
3 October 2019 Ireland  v  Russia Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
5 October 2019 Japan  v  Samoa City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
9 October 2019 Scotland  v  Russia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
12 October 2019 Ireland  v  Samoa Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka
13 October 2019 Japan  v  Scotland International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama

Pool B

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
21 September 2019 New Zealand  v  South Africa International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
22 September 2019 Italy  v  Namibia Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka
26 September 2019 Italy  v  Canada Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka
28 September 2019 South Africa  v  Namibia City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
2 October 2019 New Zealand  v  Canada Oita Stadium, Ōita
4 October 2019 South Africa  v  Italy Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
6 October 2019 New Zealand  v  Namibia Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
8 October 2019 South Africa  v  Canada Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
12 October 2019 New Zealand  v  Italy City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
13 October 2019 Namibia  v  Canada Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi

Pool C

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
21 September 2019 France  v  Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
22 September 2019 England  v  Tonga Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
26 September 2019 England  v  United States Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe
28 September 2019 Argentina  v  Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka
2 October 2019 France  v  United States Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka
5 October 2019 England  v  Argentina Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
6 October 2019 France  v  Tonga Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto
9 October 2019 Argentina  v  United States Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
12 October 2019 England  v  France International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama
13 October 2019 United States  v  Tonga Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiōsaka

Pool D

Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
 Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 0
21 September 2019 Australia  v  Fiji Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
23 September 2019 Wales  v  Georgia City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota
25 September 2019 Fiji  v  Uruguay Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Kamaishi
29 September 2019 Georgia  v  Uruguay Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
29 September 2019 Australia  v  Wales Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu
3 October 2019 Georgia  v  Fiji Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka
5 October 2019 Australia  v  Uruguay Oita Stadium, Ōita
9 October 2019 Wales  v  Fiji Oita Stadium, Ōita
11 October 2019 Australia  v  Georgia Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi
13 October 2019 Wales  v  Uruguay Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto

Knockout stage

Winner Pool C
Runner-up Pool D
Winner Pool B
Runner-up Pool A
Winner Pool D
Runner-up Pool C
 Third place
Winner Pool A
Runner-up Pool B


19 October 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
Winner of Pool C v Runner-up of Pool D
19 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Winner of Pool B v Runner-up of Pool A
20 October 2019
16:15 JST (UTC+09)
Winner of Pool D v Runner-up of Pool C
20 October 2019
19:15 JST (UTC+09)
Winner of Pool A v Runner-up of Pool B


26 October 2019
17:00 JST (UTC+09)
Winner of Quarter-final 1 v Winner of Quarter-final 2
27 October 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
Winner of Quarter-final 3 v Winner of Quarter-final 4

Bronze final

1 November 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
Loser of Semi-final 1 v Loser of Semi-final 2


2 November 2019
18:00 JST (UTC+09)
Winner of Semi-final 1 v Winner of Semi-final 2

Match officials

World Rugby named the following twelve referees, seven assistant referees, and four television match officials to handle the 48 matches:[15]

Assistant referees
Television match officials


For the first time, the domestic rightsholder will not serve as the host broadcaster of the tournament. Instead, International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS), a joint venture between Host Broadcast Services (HBS) and IMG, will take the production duties. IGBS will utilize production resources from traditional rugby nations such as Australia, France, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Japanese broadcaster NHK plans to originate coverage of selected games in 8K resolution, using a combination of nine 8K cameras and upconverted 4K resolution footage from IGBS. The International Broadcast Centre will be located outside Tokyo Stadium.[16]

Country/Region Broadcaster Summary Ref
 Japan (host) Nippon TV (free-to-air), NHK (free-to-air), J Sports All 48 matches live [17]
 Australia Network Ten (free-to-air) 10 matches live (one opening group match, all 4 Australia team matches, and 5 knockout matches (both quarter finals, one semi final, and both Bronze-Gold finals)) [18][19]
Fox Sports All 48 matches live
 Canada TBA
 Fiji Fiji TV (free-to-air) All 48 matches live [20]
 France TF1 (free-to-air) All 48 matches live [21][22]
 Georgia TBA TBA
 Germany ProSieben Maxx (free-to-air) Selected matches, including opening group match and final. [23]
Ran All 48 matches live
 Ireland RTÉ (free-to-air) 14 matches (including opening group match, all 4 Ireland team, and all 8 knockout matches) [24][25]
Eir Sport All 48 matches live on Eir Sport 1 or Eir Sport 2 [26]
 New Zealand TVNZ (free-to-air) Opening match live, all NZ team matches,1 quarter final (which will be the NZ quarter final assuming the NZ team progress past the pool stage), both semi finals and the final. [27]
Spark All 48 matches live; requires purchase of tournament-specific streaming package. [28][29]
 Romania TBA TBA
 Russia TBA TBA
South America ESPN All 48 matches live in Portuguese (ESPN Brasil only) and Spanish. [30]
 South Korea TBA TBA
 Spain TBA TBA
Sub-Saharan Africa SuperSport All 48 matches live
 United Kingdom ITV (free-to-air) All 48 matches live on ITV, ITV4, and ITV Hub/STV Player [31]
S4C (free-to-air) 9 matches live in Welsh language (one opening group match, all 4 Wales team matches, and 4 knockout matches (one quarter final, one semi final, third-place and finals)). [32]
 United States NBC Sports All 48 matches live on NBC Sports Gold. Selected matches also available on NBCSN and NBC. [33]
Univision All 48 matches live on Univision Deportes. Selected matches also available on Univision and UniMÁS.


^1 Rankings as of 16 September 2019 will be entered when available.


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External links

2019 Rugby World Cup Final

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final will be the ninth Rugby World Cup Final, to be played at the International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa, in Japan on 2 November 2019. The 2019 Rugby World Cup is set to begin on 20 September 2019.

2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B

Pool B of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will begin on 21 September 2019. The pool is composed of title holders New Zealand and third-placed team from 2015 South Africa, whilst Italy also joins the pool after finishing third in their pool in 2015. They will be joined by the African qualifier, Namibia, and the repechage winner, Canada.

2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C

Pool C of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will begin on 21 September 2019. The pool is composed of previous World Cup hosts England and France and fourth-placed from 2015 Argentina. They are joined by regional qualifiers from the Americas, United States (Americas 1), and Oceania, Tonga (Oceania 2), to become the first completed table ahead of the World Cup.

2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D

Pool D of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will begin on 21 September 2019. The pool is composed of runners-up and quarter-finalists from 2015 Australia and Wales, who are joined by Georgia who automatically qualified for the first ever time. They are joined by regional qualifiers from the Americas, Uruguay (Americas 2), and Oceania, Fiji (Oceania 1).

2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying

The qualification process for the 2019 Rugby World Cup began during the pool stages of the 2015 tournament in England, during which the top three teams from each of the four pools were awarded automatic qualification for the 2019 event. A further eight teams qualified through regional, cross-regional tournaments and the repechage process.The qualifying matches began on 5 March 2016, when Jamaica defeated Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 48–0. Symbolically, the referee for the match was Nigel Owens, who had refereed the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final five months earlier.

2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches

The 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches will be a series of rugby union test matches that will take place in August and September 2019, as the 20 competing teams prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

2019 Rugby World Cup – Americas qualification

Qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup for the Americas began in March 2016, where across 3 years, 20 teams competed for two direct qualification spots into the final tournament, and one spot in the Repechage tournament. For qualification purposes, the two Americas regions Rugby Americas North and Sudamérica Rugby formed the Americas region to compete for the two Americas berths in the World Cup.

One team in the Americas zone, Argentina, qualified automatically after reaching the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. The United States and Uruguay qualified as Americas 1 and Americas 2 respectively, while Canada moved to the Repechage tournament.

2019 Rugby World Cup – Oceania qualification

Qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup for Oceania Rugby began in June 2016, where across 2 years, 3 teams competed for two direct qualification spots from Oceania. While two places were available to Oceania in a cross-regional play-off series' to qualify for the World Cup and or advance through the Repechage.

Two teams from the Oceania region, New Zealand and Australia, qualified automatically for the 2019 World Cup by finishing in the top 12 in the 2015 World Cup. Fiji and Tonga qualified by finishing first and second (on aggregate) in the 2016 and 2017 Pacific Nations Cup competitions. Samoa advanced to the cross regional play-off where they will play a team from Europe for a place in the World Cup; the loser will move to the Repechage. Tahiti won the 2017 Oceania Rugby Cup to advance to the second cross regional play-off, but were disqualified in March 2018 after a World Rugby investigation found they had fielded two ineligible players in their match against the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands were then declared winner of the Oceania Rugby Cup and will advance to the regional playoff to play a team from Asia for a place in the Repechage.

2019 Rugby World Cup – play-off qualifications

For the 2019 Rugby World Cup, there were several play-off matches during the qualification process in order to determine which nations would compete in the Repechage. Canada, who surprisingly failed to advance from the Americas qualification process, emerged from the repechage process in November 2018 to become the final team to qualify for the World Cup.

Ajinomoto Stadium

Ajinomoto Stadium (味の素スタジアム, Ajinomoto Sutajiamu, also known as Tokyo Stadium in AFC Champions League) is a multi-purpose stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan. The stadium was founded at Kantō Mura, the redevelopment area formerly used by United States Forces Japan, in March 2001. It was the first stadium in Japan that offered its naming rights, which were sold to Ajinomoto Co., Inc. with a 5-year 1.2 billion yen (about 10 million U.S. dollars) contract, from March 2003 to February 2008. As a result, it was named Ajinomoto Stadium (味の素スタジアム, Ajinomoto Sutajiamu). This contract was renewed in November 2007 and extended by 6 years for 1.4 billion yen to February 2014, and in October 2013, the second renewal of the contract extended the term to February 2019.

Hanazono Rugby Stadium

The Hanazono Rugby Stadium (東大阪市花園ラグビー場, literally "Higashiosaka City Hanazono Rugby Stadium") in Higashiosaka is the oldest dedicated rugby union stadium in Japan. There is next to Hanazono Central Park (花園中央公園, hanazono chūō kōen). Owned by city of Higashiosaka, it opened in 1929 and has a capacity of 26,544. It is the stage for the annual National High School Rugby Tournament held every year at the end of December and has hosted important international, Top League games.

Hanazono is the home of the Kintetsu Liners rugby union team.

The stadium has been selected as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup (Japan) which will be the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.

Jamaica national rugby union team

The Jamaica national rugby union team represents Jamaica in the sport of rugby union. The team have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have participated in qualifying tournaments.

Jamaica is currently ranked at 64 in the IRB World rankingsThey are currently participating for the 2019 Rugby World Cup that will take place in Japan. They achieved their biggest win against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in March 2016.

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (Japanese: 釜石鵜住居復興スタジアム, Hepburn: Kamaishi Unosumai Fukkō Sutajiamu), also known as Kamaishi Unosumai Stadium, is a stadium in Unosumai-cho, Kamaishi, Iwate. Construction on the 16,187-seat venue broke ground in April 2017 and it was completed on 19 August 2018. It is planned to host several games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Nissan Stadium (Yokohama)

Nissan Stadium, (日産スタジアム, Nissan Sutajiamu) known as International Stadium Yokohama (横浜国際総合競技場, Yokohama Kokusai Sōgō Kyōgi-jō) until 2005, is a sports venue in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, that opened in March 1998. It is the home stadium of Yokohama F. Marinos of the J1 League.

International Stadium Yokohama has the highest seating capacity of any stadium in Japan, with a total of 75,000 seats. It hosted three first-round games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the final game between Germany and Brazil was played there on 30 June 2002. The stadium is one of the planned football venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The stadium has also been selected as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup and will also host the final of the tournament. This decision was taken by World Rugby after Japan announced that the proposed new National Stadium wouldn't be completed in time.On 28 August 2009, Nissan Motors announced that they would not renew the contract for the naming rights of the stadium, which expired on 28 February 2010. But negotiations continued with the city, and a new agreement for three more years was completed. On 28 February 2013, Yokohama City as the stadium's owner renewed the contract for 3 years from 1 March 2013 until 29 February 2016 in a deal worth 150 million yen a year. On 1 December 2015, Yokohama City renewed the contract for 5 years from 1 March 2016 until 28 February 2021 in another deal worth 150 million yen a year.

Noevir Stadium Kobe

The Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium (神戸市御崎公園球技場), also known as The Noevir Stadium Kobe (ノエビアスタジアム神戸), is a football stadium in Misaki Park, Hyogo-ku, Kobe, Japan. The stadium has a capacity of 30,132. This stadium, which features a retractable roof, is the home ground of J1 League club Vissel Kobe and the rugby union Top League team Kobelco Steelers.

In 1970, Kobe Central Football Stadium (神戸市立中央競技場) was opened at the site of the Kobe Keirin Track. It was the first football stadium in Japan to be able to host games at night following the installation of night lighting.

Sapporo Dome

The Sapporo Dome (札幌ドーム, Sapporo Dōmu) is a stadium located in Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Japan, and is primarily used for baseball and association football. It is the home field of the baseball team Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the association football club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo. It is one of the planned football venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics, was the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Winter Games, and is a planned venue of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The stadium was previously a venue of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Showa Denko Dome Oita

Showa Denko Dome Oita (昭和電工ドーム大分) is a multi-purpose stadium in the city of Ōita in Ōita Prefecture on Kyushu Island in Japan.

The stadium is currently called Showa Denko Dome Oita (昭和電工ドーム大分) as an abbreviated form, by naming rights. It was formerly called as Kyushu Oil Dome (九州石油ドーム, Kyūshū Sekiyu Dōmu) sponsored by the Kyushu Oil Co. until early 2010 and Oita Bank Dome (大分銀行ドーム, Ōita Ginkō Dōmu) sponsored by the Oita Bank until early 2019. It is primarily used for football, and is the home field of J. League club Oita Trinita. It was designed by the famous architect Kisho Kurokawa, and built by KT Group, Takenaka Corporation.

Tomás Lavanini

Tomás Lavanini (born 22 January 1993) is an Argentine rugby union player who plays as a second row with the Argentine Super Rugby side Jaguares; after the 2019 Rugby World Cup he will join Leicester Tigers in England. Before joining the Jaguares, he had played the 2014–15 Top 14 season with French side Racing Métro.

Toyota Stadium

Toyota Stadium (豊田スタジアム, Toyota Sutajiamu) is a 45,000 seat retractable roof stadium in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It was built in 2001 and is often used as home to the J1 League club Nagoya Grampus. The stadium is football-specific, which gives matches an authentic football aura; however its location outside Nagoya city makes it impractical for consolidating the club's fan base in its billed hometown.

It is also used by Toyota Verblitz, a rugby union team in the Top League.

Its roof is unique in that it folds much like an accordion, however, the roof has never been closed since 2015 due to extra costs for maintenance.

Toyota Stadium is one of the venues of the FIFA Club World Cup (formerly the Toyota Cup). The stadium has also been announced as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup which will be the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.

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