Fourteen Cities Bid to Host Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Matches

By iSportconnect | November 5, 2014

Fourteen cities across Japan have submitted bids to host matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in in the Japan.

With the submission phase of the bidding process for the hosting of matches now closed, ailment each application will be closely assessed with the successful cities or prefectures being announced in the first quarter of next year.

Cities from Sapporo City in the north of the country, stuff down to Nagasaki and Kumamoto in the south have all expressed their interest in hosting matches for the tournament meaning there will be a geographical spread of potential venues in the country.

This will mean fans will be at the very heart of the event along with a mix of stadium capacities ranging from 80,000 in Tokyo to 15,000 at Kamaishi City in the Iwate Prefecture.

The full list of applicant cities are: Sapporo City, Iwate Prefecture and Kamaishi City, Sendai City, Saitama Prefecture and Kumagaya City, Tokyo, Shizuoka Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture and Toyota City, Osaka Prefecture and Higashi Osaka City, Kyoto City, Kobe City, Fukuoka City, Oita Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture and Kumamoto City, Nagasaki Prefecture.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Chairman Bernard Lapasset welcomed the announcement: “It is very encouraging for us to note the huge level of interest in Japan to host matches for rugby’s showcase event.

“The fact that the tournament has the full backing of local and national government is particularly pleasing and it is essential for its success.

“Japan has a strong history of delivering world-class sports events with an excellent infrastructure, state-of-the-art venues and people who love to engage and be part of the celebration.”

Chief Executive of Japan Rugby 2019 Akira Shimazu said: “The standards required to host matches at Rugby World Cup are very high but, nevertheless, many local governments have submitted applications.

“I am confident that despite any challenges each applicant may face, they will be up to the task. I am truly grateful for their interest in hosting the Rugby World Cup 2019.

“The host cities will be our full partners, and we will select them in a fair and comprehensive process to ensure a Rugby World Cup that is successful nationwide and worldwide.”