World Rugby has announced the appointment of Taisho Pharmaceutical as an Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Taisho Pharmaceutical will showcase its market-leading energy drink Lipovitan D during the tournament, which will be played across 12 venues the length and breadth of the host nation between 20 September and 2 November.

Lipovitan D has a long-standing association with rugby in the host nation as Japan men's national team jersey sponsor and the Rugby World Cup deal will further the promotion and profile of the brand in the domestic and international marketplace.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby is delighted to be welcoming Lipovitan D to the Rugby World Cup commercial programme family for the first time as an official sponsor.

“Lipovitan D is a significant brand in Japan and a supporter of rugby in the host nation since 2001.

“The appointment of another market-leader to the Rugby World Cup 2019 commercial programme portfolio reaffirms the attraction and prestige of one of the world's biggest and best-loved major sports events.”

Taisho Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Shigeru Uehara added: “2019 is the year when Japan will host Rugby World Cup, and it is also the 120th anniversary of Japan rugby and we are therefore honoured to be able to participate in this global celebration as an official sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2019. There is no doubt that this event will further the appeal and popularity of rugby in Japan and we look forward to playing our part.”

The Rugby World Cup 2019 commercial programme now features a full inventory of six Worldwide Partners: Emirates, Heineken, Land Rover, Mastercard, Société Générale and DHL, all confirmed in record time with record value, and now Canon, TOTO Ltd, SECOM and Taisho Pharmaceutical as Official Sponsors with continued sponsor interest extremely high.