Who will be crowned rugby world champions in 2019?
In 2019 Japan will have the honour of hosting the next Rugby World Cup for the very first time. Rugby World Cup tickets will be in high demand as it is the first time the World Cup is heading to the Far-East. With that in mind make sure you buy your Rugby World Cup tickets quickly to avoid disappointment. Sellers should also take advantage of our online e-ticket platform and sell any spare tickets.
2019 Rugby World Cup: A first World Cup in Asia
Three of Japan's four islands will boast thousands of cheering fans throughout September and October 2019. Many neutrals started following Japan's progress closely after their stunning defeat of South Africa in Brighton 2015 in what was the greatest upset in rugby world cup history. Although Japan had already secured the right to host the 2019 tournament, their heroic display in England has fans asking how far could they go on home soil? Want to find out? Buy your Japan world cup tickets here.
Japan certainly knows how to put on an international tournament. Who could forget the images of their streets filled with supporters of various nations in the 2002 Football World Cup? Fans who possess tickets for the opening match in Chofu will also witness the opening ceremony. Fans are extremely eager to see Japan's opening ceremony as rugby moves from its traditional heartlands of North-West Europe and Oceania.
Rugby World Cup - Japan 2019: Venues and Teams
The tournament will kick off in one of Japan's newest stadiums. The Tokyo Stadium in the Chofu district will welcome 50,000 spectators to see if the home nation can be victorious. Those who possess Rugby World Cup tickets and are planning to travel from abroad will be pleased to hear the stadium is located very close to Chofu Airport.
The all-important RWC final will be played in the Yokohama Stadium that actually hosted the 2002 Football World Cup final. The stadium boasts the biggest seating capacity of any venue in Japan 72,327! So with an audience like that Japan can certainly match the roar of rugby's traditional venues.
So what about the teams themselves? Will the winners of the 2015 tournament, New Zealand, be able to defend their crown? Certainly, 2015 finalists Australia will hope not as they seek revenge after their defeat to the All Blacks. Will it finally be time for a first European win since 2003? Many are tipping a resurgent Ireland as one of the pre-tournament favourites. England boasted the youngest average age at the previous tournament and may find they've matured into the perfect unit by 2019. The home side will have to focus on developing young talent as in the 2015 tournament the Japanese side had an average age of nearly 29! Want to be there to witness all the action live? Make sure you regularly check StubHub for Rugby World Cup tickets.