Every four years, the world’s best rugby players and passionate rugby fans gather at the Rugby World Cup to celebrate this dynamic, exciting sport.
This year, the Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan! This is the ninth Rugby World Cup ever held and the first time it will be held in Asia.
Rugby is one of Australia’s favourite sports and the national rugby team, the Wallabies is one of the strongest teams in the world. It is estimated that 10% of the overseas rugby fans visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup will be Australian.
The Rugby World Cup will be held over seven weeks starting September 21 in Sapporo with Australia versing Fiji. The matches will be held across 12 stadiums in 12 host cities, and will have both the teams and fans touring through Japan from top to bottom – from Hokkaido, right down to Kyushu – wrapping up the finals in Yokohama city, just outside of Tokyo.
Australians planning on following the Wallabies from the start will start their journey off in Hokkaido for the Fiji game. Then the Wallabies will take Australians through to the home of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka at the Georgia game, then all the way through to Yokohama for the grand finals.
We have covered everything we can possibly think of for our rugby loving G’Day Japan! readers. We want to make sure you have the best time while supporting the Wallabies, and not just at the stadiums but in the time in-between matches.
We have gathered not only basic information about the matches and the stadiums, but some fantastic and useful information about how to explore and what you can experience at each of the 12 host cities!
So without further ado, time to kick off your Rugby World Cup planning now!