The 2019 Rugby World Cup is only the ninth ever Rugby World Cup. The first-ever Rugby World Cup was held in May 1987, hosted by Australia and New Zealand. This year will be the first time the event will be hosted in Asia.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup opening match took place at Tokyo Stadium in Chofu on September 20 and the final match will take place at International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa on November 2. If you don't want to miss watching this historical moment of rugby in Japan, now is the time to book your Rugby World Cup packages.
But before you head over to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup, there are a few important things you ought to know about the sport first.
- The National Olympic Stadium was the planned venue. The original centerpiece of Japan's Rugby World Cup bid was the National Olympic Stadium, which is currently being rebuilt for the 2020 Summer Olympics. But revisions to the National Olympic Stadium plans required the venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to change venues. Tokyo Stadium in Chofu hosted the opening ceremony and the opening match because of these changes and the Yokohama Stadium will host the final match.
- The popularity of the Rugby World Cup is building. When the Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987 in Australia and New Zealand, the attendance rate was only 20,156. That's just a 60% stadium capacity. But gradually over the years, the attendance record has been increasing by the thousands. As of 2015, when the Rugby World Cup was hosted in England for the first time, the stadium was at 95% capacity with a total average attendance of 51,621 people.
- The Rugby World Cup doesn't get out much. The Rugby World Cup has only been hosted outside of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand one other time. That was in 1995 in South Africa. This year will be the first time the Rugby World Cup will be played outside of where the sport is popularly played.
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It's no secret that rugby is an intense sport, and there's no better place to watch it than during the Rugby World Cup. The highest number of points ever scored during the Rugby World Cup was 162 in 1995 when New Zealand defeated Japan (17).
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