Dublin, June 29, 2016: World Rugby endorses Japan has completed its first official Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament review of the year, endorsing hosting preparation and progress.
The meetings with the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee in Tokyo are important to guiding delivery of one of the world’s biggest major sports events/World Rugby endorses Japan.
They also mark the beginning of a more formal relationship with Japan Rugby 2019 following the operational handover from England Rugby 2015 following the debrief in February and detailed venue inspections in April.
The organising committee, in partnership with World Rugby, continues to implement key master plan deliverables, including the venue planning and team camp selection process.
In many respects the project is more advanced than previous tournaments at the same stage with the tournament venues and dates set, key financial provisions in place and a new dynamic logo and identity launched.
This is great credit to the collaborative and proactive approach by the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee with the full support of national and local government, and the cities and prefectures.
“The organising committee continues to reflect our ambition to deliver a very special and successful event in which the people of Japan and the global rugby family can be proud of/World Rugby endorses Japan.
It is very pleasing to see them embrace this in every aspect of their planning.
We look forward to continuing to work closely with them in order to ensure that they can fully maximise the benefits of hosting this great event.”
Gilpin also endorsed progress ahead of a busy and important period of planning delivery:
We continue to focus on ensuring the key foundations are in place for a ground-breaking tournament of which Japan, Asia and the global rugby family will be proud.”
“We are fully committed to delivering an exceptional Rugby World Cup 2019 that has teams and fans at heart and is for the whole of Japan.
Planning is on track.
We have 12 excellent venues and a host of proactive and supportive host cities and we will continue to work closely with the host cities and Japanese Government to deliver an exceptional tournament, the first to be hosted in Japan and Asia.”
On the field, the global qualification process that will deliver eight further teams to the tournament, kicked off in March and continues to excite and inspire with Fiji in pole position in the Oceania region and the Asia and North America regional qualifiers underway. —- World Rugby
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