After the success of its inaugural tournament back in 1987, the Rugby Union World Cup is now considered one of the most important sporting tournaments in the world. Held every four years, the Rugby World Cup is contested by 20 nations who are put in four groups of five teams each.
The winner of the tournament is awarded the Webb Ellis trophy. The most successful World Cup nation is New Zealand, who have won three tournaments, followed by South Africa and Australia, who have won two tournaments each. England have won one tournament.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup, the ninth in the competition’s history, will be held in Japan between the 20th of September and the 2nd of November, and will be the first time that the tournament has ever been held in Asia. The final will be played at the Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa.
The full list of venues for the 2019 World Cup is as follows:
- Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
- Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture/Kamaishi City
- Kumagaya Rugby Ground, Saitama Prefecture/Kumagaya City
- New National Stadium Japan, Tokyo
- International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture/Yokohama City
- Ogasayama Sports Park Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka Prefecture
- Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture/Toyota City
- Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture/Higashi Osaka City
- Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium, Kobe City
- Hakatanomori Football Stadium, Fukuoka City
- Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture/Kumamoto City
- Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
The competition will again feature 20 nations competing on rugby union’s biggest stage. Twelve of those countries qualified by finishing in the top three of their group in 2015. They are:
New Zealand, England, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, South Africa, France, Argentina, Japan, Georgia and Italy.
The remaining eight teams have to qualify trough a series of regional playoffs and tournaments. For more information on the qualification process, teams and fixtures for the tournament, head over to our 2019 Rugby World Cup draw page.