With 50 days to go the stage is set for a very special and successful Rugby World Cup
More than 80 per cent of available tickets sold with unprecedented global demand
The Impact Beyond legacy programme has attracted 1.16 million new rugby participants in Asia
Domestic Trophy Tour reaches the halfway point with special event at Tokyo Station
Most competitive Rugby World Cup in history anticipated
With 50 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2019™ in Japan, fans are being urged not to miss out on what promises to be an historic and very special sporting event.
Rugby fever is gripping Japan as final preparations for Asia’s first Rugby World Cup are being fine-tuned across the 12 host cities, match venues and team camps.
Today, organisers can confirm that 83 per cent of the 1.8 million tickets have now been sold, reaffirming confidence of a sell-out, while the next sales phase opens on 10 August.
With Japan transforming into a stadium of 137 million people ready to be the perfect host and welcome the world’s top teams and more than 400,000 international visitors, the latest independent research confirms a significant increase in awareness in recent months with 77.4 per cent of the population – a staggering 98.3 million people – aware of the tournament.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: "With 50 days to go, we are confident and excited that Japan 2019 will be a very special success on every level – it will break records and make history on and off the field as Asia’s first Rugby World Cup.
"Records will be broken during the tournament from fan-zone attendance to broadcast and engagement, but significantly with 50 days to go, we can confidently say that Japan 2019 is already proving to be a transformational driver of sporting and social legacy in the host nation and across Asia.
"The hosting of this tournament has paved the way for 1.16 million people to experience the sport across Asia, 200,000 in Japan alone, through our dedicated Impact Beyond legacy programmes in partnership with the JRFU and Asia Rugby, it has provided an important and exciting step-change for rugby in the world’s most populous and youthful region."
The 50 days to go celebrations were marked at a special trophy tour event in Tokyo Station – one of the world’s busiest commuter hubs through which up to 800,000 people pass every day – with the iconic Webb Ellis Cup the star attraction.
Rugby’s greatest trophy is traveling the length and breadth of the country, inspiring a whole new generation of rugby fans. Since its arrival, the Webb Ellis Cup has travelled 10,000 kilometres throughout Japan, engaging with more than 100,000 people along the way.
Beaumont added: "Japan 2019 will be a ground-breaking occasion for the global rugby family, but also a special moment for our Japanese hosts, who will show the world the best of Japan, its rich culture, famed hospitality and passion for rugby. Our advice to fans is not to miss out on what will be an incredible six-week celebration."
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee CEO Akira Shimazu said: "With both Pacific Nations Cup matches sold out. and with strong early ticket sales for the warm-up match against South Africa at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium on 6 September, Japanese rugby fans are getting behind the national team in record numbers in this Rugby World Cup year.
"With research suggesting that over three-quarters of the population are aware Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place in Japan, and with record ticket demand for matches in advance of the tournament, it’s clear that Rugby World Cup fever has taken hold throughout the country."
The remaining ticket inventory will go on general sale at 18:00 JST on Saturday 10 August at www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets, while official travel and hospitality options are also available. Fans can also purchase tickets via the Rugby World Cup 2019 official resale service which gives fans a safe and secure platform to resell tickets to other fans at face value for matches they can no longer attend www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets.
With such exceptional demand for tickets, fans are being urged to buy exclusively from official channels to avoid being let down. For more details visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/buy-official.
A game-changing tournament in numbers : 1st Rugby World Cup hosted in Asia 6 worldwide partners renewed in record time with record value 9th Rugby World Cup 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south 20 teams 48 matches 55 team camps 83 teams involved in qualification 200 broadcast territories 3,000 media in attendance 13,000 volunteers (no side) 25,000 disadvantaged children in Asia who will benefit from ChildFund Pass It Back support 130,000 tickets sold via Official Travel Agents 400,000+ international visitors 1.16 million Impact Beyond Asia 1 million project participants to date £1.5 million pledged to ChildFund Pass it Back from fans and commercial partners 1.8 million attendance 5.5 million tickets applied for during the ballot phases 14 million rugby fans in Japan 98 million RWC awareness in Japan (77 per cent of the population) 112 million rugby fans in Asia ¥216.6 billion added value to the Japanese economy