The hosting rights to Rugby World Cup 2019 were awarded to the Japanese Rugby Football Union (JRFU) in August 2009 following a vote of the World Rugby Council on a detailed hosting recommendation by the Rugby World Cup Limited Board. An extensive and robust host selection process preceeded the vote with Italy and South Africa also bidding.  


Rugby World Cup is the financial engine behind unprecedented investment and growth in rugby worldwide. The net Rugby World Cup surplus from the commercial success of France 2007 and New Zealand 2011 enabled World Rugby to invest more than £150 million in the game between 2009 and 2012 and commit an anticipated injection of more than £180 million between 2013 and 2016 to underwrite a large range of major funding initiatives including annual national union grants and strategic investments focusing on growing participation and increasing competition across all 120 national member unions affiliated to World Rugby. 


World Rugby is the global governing body for the sport of rugby worldwide and owner of Rugby World Cup. With 120 national unions affiliated through six regional associations, World Rugby is responsible for the development and growth of rugby worldwide, the guardians of its regulations and laws and major international events, including Rugby World Cup, the World Rugby Sevens Series and Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series, Pacific Nations Cup, Tbilisi Cup, Nations Cup, U20 World Championship and several others. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, World Rugby is investing a record £340 million in the development of the game between 2009-2016 in order that more men, women, and children can participate. 


Rugby World Cup Limited is a subsidiary of World Rugby and is responsible for the stable of showcase Rugby World Cup properties, including Rugby World Cup, Women’s Rugby World Cup and Rugby World Cup Sevens. The Board manages the detailed host selection process for each tournament, making a hosting recommendation to the World Rugby Council to consider. The Board comprises five directors.


Japan Rugby 2019 is the organising committee for Rugby World Cup 2019, established by the JRFU to manage and deliver the six-week tournament, hosted in 12 venues across the length and breadth of the country. In all, there will be 48 matches, each one celebrating the game and engaging hundreds of millions of people around the world. 


Click here to download the Media Guide for the RWC 2019 pool draw taking place in Kyoto on 10 May 2017