Tokyo Olympic Stadium Scrapped From 2019 Rugby World Cup

July 17, 2015

World Rugby officials are seeking urgent talks with the Japanese organisers of the 2019 rugby World Cup following Friday’s surprise announcement by Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abethat, that Tokyo’s proposed new national stadium won’t be ready in time for the tournament.

“World Rugby is extremely disappointed by today’s announcement that the new National Stadium will not be ready to host Rugby World Cup 2019 matches, despite repeated assurances to the contrary from the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and Japan Sports Council,” a World Rugby spokesman told Press Association Sport.

“The National Stadium was a compelling and important pillar of Japan’s successful bid to host Rugby World Cup 2019, which was awarded to the Japan Rugby Football Union in 2009.

“World Rugby is urgently seeking further detailed clarification from the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee, and will need to consider the options relating to the impact of today’s announcement.”

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