With Japan gearing-up to host Asia’s first Rugby World Cup, a 48-day tour, including all host cities and Top League teams, will provide a fitting and ambitious way to mark the major milestone.
Kicking-off at Shibuya 109, one of Tokyo’s busiest and most iconic attractions, with a public opening ceremony, the Webb Ellis Cup will be the inspirational centrepiece of a festival that will encourage public to connect through rugby, create memorable experiences and celebrate the hosting of Japan’s biggest event for over two decades.
The festival will culminate with an appearance at the International Stadium, Yokohama, where Japan will play Australia almost two years to the day until the Rugby World Cup 2019 final will be played in the same venue.
Japan Rugby 2019 CEO Shimazu said: “We are delighted to announce that we will have the exciting festival to create a nationwide celebration of the tournament and enable residents across Japan to connect, create excitement.”
Rugby World Cup Tournament Director Alan Gilpin added: “The two years to go festival represents a fantastic opportunity for the whole of Japan to celebrate hosting Rugby World Cup 2019 and engage with activities that will give a flavour of what is to come in two years time.”