- It is being hosted by Japan:
This is the first time the tournament will be held in Asia and the first time the event will take place outside the traditional heartland of the sport.
- The event will take place between the 20thSeptember to the 2ndNovember:
The opening match (Japan vs Russia) takes place in the Tokyo Stadium. The final of the competition takes place in the Yokohama Stadium.
- There are 20 participating teams in the tournament:
The nations include: South Africa, Namibia, USA, Canada, Japan, England, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Argentina and Uruguay.
- There are 12 stadia to host rugby matches across all of Japan:
- City of Toyota Stadium.
- Fukuoka Hakatanamori Stadium.
- Hanazona Rugby Stadium.
- Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.
- Kobe Misaki Stadium.
- Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.
- Kumamato Stadium.
- Oita Stadium.
- Sapporo Drome.
- Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.
- Tokyo Stadium.
- Yokohama Stadium.
- Total of 48 matches:
This includes a pool stage, knockout stage, quarterfinals, semi-finals, bronze final and final.
- The New Logo:
The new logo is based on the theme of ‘unity’. It integrates the rising sun and MT. Fuji with the world rugby logo, representing Japan and the world coming together under the name of rugby.
- Current favourites :
The bookies have backed New Zealand to win the competition at odds 11/10. However other early predictors claim Ireland have a strong chance after an impressive display at the autumn internationals.
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