Rugby World Cup
The Rugby world cup is the biggest rugby event in the world. It is organized for men and it takes place every four years. The fourth coming edition, which is holding in Japan is going to be the ninth time the event is holding and for the first time, it will hold in Asia. The global event was first organized in the year 1987. During that opening tournament, it was co-hosted by two great teams in the rugby union which is New Zealand and Australia. Since then it has been organized every other four years. After the event of 2019, the next one will be held in France in the year 2023.
What is Webb Ellis Cup?
The winners of the competition will get home with Webb Ellis Cup. This cup was named after a young boy who was considered to be the founder of rugby. He was a rugby school pupil. Since the commencement of the tournament, four countries have won it, and they include New Zealand, Australia as well as South Africa. New Zealand has won that three times while South Africa has won it two times. England has won it once. The defending champion in New Zealand.
What is World Rugby Union?
The body in charge of the tournament is the World Rugby Union. This the international body regulating that competition. During the inaugural competition, which was done in 1987, sixteen nations were invited to the competition. However, beginning from the year, 1999, the competition has always involved twenty nations. The competition is now organized on a continental rotational basis. The next edition is to be hosted by France one of the countries participating in this year’s edition.
What about the Qualification tournament for 2019 RWC?
As pointed out earlier the first tournament was based on an invitational basis where 16 top rugby nations were invited. Subsequent competitions were based on a qualification basis. In the second tournament which involved 16 teams, eight of them were based on qualification. 24 nations tournaments used to be organized and this is where the eight remaining teams will emerge to take part in the global Fiesta.
The format again changed in the 2003 and 2007 editions of the competition. Available positions were increased to 20 and 8 out of that were selected based on automatic qualification criteria. Here, the last eight teams standing of the previous competition were given automatic ticket to participate. The other remaining positions which are 12 in number are based on a qualification basis and this is done on a continental level.
The format allows three teams to emerge from the Americas, one team from Asia and one team from Africa. Two teams would also emerge from the Oceania competition and the remaining three teams would qualify from Europe. Furthermore, two places were made available for the repechage. The first of that is determined on the runoff of the qualifying matches that are played in Africa and Europe zones. The winner of that would confront the runners up of the Americas. The second repechage was determined through the winners in the runner up from Asia and the Oceania qualifications.
The format currently in use requires that 12 out of the twenty available spaces are filled through automatic qualifications. Under this format, the team which came third in the pool stages of the previous competition could be allowed to take part. The remaining slots were determined by a continental qualification process. Currently, eight slots are allocated to Europe. Oceanian has 5 slots just as 3 slots were left for the Americas and 2 places were left for the Africans. 1 spot is also left for the Asian nations. The remaining slot is filled through intercontinental playoffs. The last format is used in the forthcoming edition that is taken place in Japan.
There are twenty nations participating and there are five venues for the matches. In the group or pool stage, every participating country is expected to engage in four group games. There could be a bonus points system and that is available in the pool play stage. When there is equality in points, the system is used to work out which of the teams should rank higher than the others. Furthermore, it is also useful in ranking the world rugby nations.
Two teams are expected to emerge from the pool stage. The clear winner of the group as the best runners up of the same group would make it to the next level of that competition.
When the competition enters the quarter and semifinals stages, it is in the knockout stage and any team that loses would be eliminated. The four winners of the quarter-finals would make it to the semi-finals. The two teams that emerge from the semi-final stages would compete in the final round. The eventual winner would be crowned the world champion. The forthcoming world cup would be explosive and competitive.
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Rugby World Cup 2019: what we need to know?
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Where is the Rugby World Cup 2019 being held?
The Rugby 2019 World Cup goes from 20 September Friday to 2 November Saturday, with across Japan.
How many teams (Nations) are in the rwc 2019 tournament?
Only 20 qualified teams whole over the world will play in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Who is being televised the 2019 Rugby World Cup?
The next edition of the Rugby World Cup is to hold in Japan starting from September 20th to November 2nd, 2019. This is the ninth time the competition is holding. The edition is historic because, for the first time, Rugby World cup is taking place in Asian soil. Japan happens to be the first Asian nation to host the greatest rugby event in the world.
Who won the last (2015) Rugby World Cup?
In the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in Twickenham, London, New Zealand beat Australia by 34–17.
Rugby is an important competition on the planet, which is regarded as the third largest sports gathering in the world. It comes third to FIFA World Cup and Olympics. Ordinary Japan is not included in the heartland of Rugby Union.
IRB, which is the body responsible for the Rugby World Cup had indicated as far as 2008 for countries interested in hosting the ninth edition to indicate their interests. The body expected that such interests must be received by August 15th, 2008.
For the first time, several nations indicated their interests to host both the 2015 and 2019 editions. It is on record that about nine countries indicated their interests to host the event.
Russia was one of the nations that placed a bid for either 2015 or 2019 editions. The country later withdrew their interests to host the games. Apart from Russia, Australia which has indicated interest withdrew it in 2009. Three nations continued with the bid and these include South Africa, Japan as well as Italy. However, in a special meeting held in Dublin, it was agreed after voting that England should be given the right to host the eight editions which were organized in 2015, while Japan should have a chance of hosting the tournament in 2019.
Some neighboring Asian countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong have indicated interests in co-hosting some of the matches to be played in that tournament. This was part of the hosting arrangement proposed then by the JRFU. By the time the organizers announced the location for that event, the names of Singapore and Hong Kong were not included. The matches would be played one hundred percent in Japan.
2019 Rugby world cup venues
The matches are to take place in four approved stadiums in Japan. The first match is to take place in the Ajinomoto Stadium which is located in Chofu in Tokyo. The last match will hold on Nissan stadium which is located in Yokohama. Yokohama is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Another venue for the matches is the Shizuoka Stadium which is located in the Fukuroi City in Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. Stadium capacity is about fifty thousand fans. It is not as large as the two other centers.
The Hanazono Rugby Stadium located in the Higashiosaka City is the fourth center for the rugby world cup matches. The stadium is dedicated to rugby union in the country. The capacity cannot compare to the other centers as it can hold nearly thirty thousand fans. These four stadiums were selected for the global competition. Twenty nations taking part in that competition would face one another in each of these stadia. The final matches would hold in Yokohama because it is the biggest of them all as it can accommodate up to seventy thousand fans at a time. Chofu stadium can hold nearly 50,000 fans and the first match would be played here.
How Rugby Nations are Qualified for 2019 Rugby World Cup
Twenty national teams from twenty nations would compete for the cup. These twenty are formed into what is known as four pools or four groups. Each of the pool has five clubs.
All the teams fought very hard to be there during the qualification stages. Top three winners would be drafted from the previous edition to be part of the competing teams. The remaining seventeen teams will play through the qualifying stages. However, the host nation would automatically qualify.
These teams were selected from different continents of the world. In Africa, two countries are representing the continent and they include Namibia and South Africa.
Two teams qualified to represent America North. They are Canada and the United States of America. Asia is to be represented by the host nation Japan.
Europe is to be represented by eight nations. They are as follows England, France, Italy, Ireland, Georgia, Wales, Scotland, and Russia.
To represent the Oceania continent, includes Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and New Zealand.
Qualified for Sudamerica includes Uruguay and Argentina. These are the twenty nations that fought very hard to make it to that rugby global competition.
The draw patter changed. It used to be in December but the draw for this edition was taken down to May and it was done in 10th May 2017. The reason for changing the pattern is to afford participating nations the opportunity to prepare for that event. Moreover, it was done after the international matches. Doing that draw after those matches would help participating nations rank higher, which can affect the way they are placed during the pooling stage.
The draw was done in three bands. The first one has to include four nations that ranked highest among the participating teams.
The next band includes the next four teams that do well according to the latest ranking. While the final band includes those four teams that directly qualified during qualifying stages. The other two bands were from eight teams that qualified for that championship. Team placement is based on their previous performances.
When the draw is completed, they are grouped in pool or group and matches would be played. Each team in a pool would face each other in the group stages. For a win, a point of 4 would be awarded. For a draw 2 points are awarded while for a lost 0 points would be awarded. The pool stages would be concluded and the qualifying teams in each pool would move to the next stage.
Rugby world cup 2019 in a short
The world cup commences with the kick off of the pool stages. All the teams in the pool would confront one another. Qualified teams would move to the next round, which is the knock out stage. After that, the quarterfinals would take place. Winners of quarter-finals would face one another in the semifinals. The next stage is the bronze stage. The final match will mark the end of the world cup.