Rugby: Japan to be Sevens World Series tournament host

Japan will host a Sevens World Series tournament for the first time next year in a boost for rugby union in Asia, officials said Thursday.

The Japanese leg will take place a week after the iconic Hong Kong Sevens tournament at Tokyos Prince Chichibu Stadium from March 31 to April 1, the International Rugby Board IRB announced.

Japan, which will also host the 15-a-side Rugby World Cup in 2019, becomes the seventh of nine stops on the expanded Sevens series. A planned test event this year was called off after Marchs horrific earthquake-and-tsunami disaster.

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2 Replies to “Rugby: Japan to be Sevens World Series tournament host”

  1. With the Rugby Union 15-a-side World Cup due to kick off in Auckland on 9th September, let’s hope this news gives a boost to the Japanese squad.  Japan can now rightly claim to be sitting at the top table in Rugby Union – especially with the 15-a-side tournament to be hosted in Japan in 2019 (it’s in England in 2015).

    Although coverage is limited here in Funchal in Madeira, where I live, I’m looking forward to Japan kicking off against the French on 10th September.  Unfortunately, the game starts at 7:00am in the morning here, so it will mean an early start for me and watching from my neighbour’s who has a satellite dish.  How I long to be back on Honshu island!

  2. A good display, but a disappointing start to the Rugby World Cup – 15 a side – for Japan. 

    11th September 2011, lost 47-21 to France.  Unfortunately, Ryukoliniashi Holani suffered a cruciate knee injury and is out for many months.

    Next up, the impossing All Blacks. 

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