Rugby World Cup 2019
On September 20, the 2019 Rugby World Cup will commence in Japan. What will be the ninth Rugby World Cup, will run until November 2.
The opening match will take place at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo and the final game will be held at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
This year’s Rugby World Cup has been hailed as being unlike previous tournaments for a number of reasons, including being the first time the event has been held in Asia. The forthcoming tournament is also the first time where there are five or so teams that have a serious chance of lifting the trophy.
The serious contenders to be crowned 2019 Rugby World Cup champions include New Zealand, Wales, England, Ireland and South Africa.
Despite losing to Australia in the Rugby Championship and Wales knocking them off the top World Rugby rankings earlier this year, New Zealand remain a firm favourite to snap the title this year.
That said, having become the world’s top ranked rugby team in 2019 due to a Six Nations Grand Slam and an unbreakable defence, Wales will be a tough squad to beat and are also one of the favourites to be crowed 2019 World Cup Champions.
England are also prime contenders for the top spot, having shown solid form in the 2019 Six Nations and in several tough World Cup warm-up matches.
Comprising so many world-class players and an incredibly aggressive and powerful forward pack, Ireland should definitely not be overlooked as potential champions this year.
Hot on all the favourites’ heels will be South Africa, another team primed as a key contender to lift the trophy, as shown by their recent Rugby Championship victory.
As nations from across the world compete for the Webb Ellis Cup, all eyes will be on Japan’s biggest and most prestigious rugby stadiums, highlighting the importance of sports club insurance to ensure everyone involved in the club, including players, staff and spectators, are adequately insured should something go wrong.
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