Rugby: Dates for opening game, final of RWC 2019 announced, logo revealed

posted on October 28, 2015

Rugby World Cup 2019 will kick off in Tokyo on Sept. 20 and reach its conclusion in Yokohama on Nov. 2, it was announced Tuesday in London.

With just two games remaining in the 2015 tournament, attention is now turning to the next tournament, the first to be held in a Tier 2 rugby nation.

"We have been working together for a few years and we have finally arrived at the start of the journey," said Head of Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin.

"I have every confidence that not only as a result of our partnership with (local organizing committee) Japan 2019 but also the work done by the 12 host cities and prefectures that 2019 will be a celebration of rugby in the whole country."

In addition to announcing the start and finish dates of the tournament, the logo for the competition was also unveiled.

Drawing heavily on Japan as the Land of the Rising Sun and incorporating the iconic image of Mount Fuji, the logo "symbolizes how the tournament will bring the people of Japan and rugby fans around the world together in a spirit of solidarity and friendly sporting rivalry," said Gilpin.

source by kyodonews
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