Japan Welcomes IRB Delegation as Planning

Tokyo – Japan, Feb 26, 2014: A Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) delegation, led by Chairman Bernard Lapasset, is in Japan this week to assess progress as preparation to host Asia’s first Rugby World Cup continues to accelerate.

Meetings with tournament organisers Japan Rugby 2019, the Japan Rugby Football Union and the Japan government will focus on key areas including venue and operational planning, marketing and promotions, commercial and broadcast and growing the Rugby market.

Since the last visit in 2013, JR 2019 working in close collaboration with RWCL, has made significant progress developing the JR 2019 team to focus on important areas such as venue selection and marketing and communications.

Underpinning delivery is a strong partnership between the organisers and key government agencies, including the Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan Sports Council, regional councils and a close collaboration with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organising committee.

Lapasset said: “Under the leadership of Mr Mori and Mr Mitarai, JR 2019 continues to advance at pace with operational planning on track.”

“This week, we have a packed agenda of important meetings that will guide and assess delivery and I am looking forward to meeting with key tournament stakeholders to assess operational planning.”

“Japan 2019 represents an enormous opportunity to further the growth of Rugby participation, profile and engagement throughout Japan, across Asia and indeed the world.”

“We are encouraged by progress to date and look forward to continuing to work in full partnership to ensure the solid foundations are in place as we move into the delivery phase of this exciting project.”

The visit comes ahead of the Tokyo round of the popular HSBC Sevens World Series from 22-23 March, which is on track to set new attendance and broadcast records. —- IRB

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