On Wednesday 20 September 2017 rugby lovers around the world rejoiced. The date marks exactly two-years until the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup being hosted by Japan.
The tournament is scheduled to run from 20 September until 2 November 2019.
Briefly.co.za has learned from Sport24.com that 15 of the 20 nations due to compete at the event have been confirmed. The final five qualifiers still face a long road to Japan and will only be known in November 2018.
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This is the first time the tournament is being hosted by Japan and also marks the first time that a Rugby World Cup is not being hosted by a traditionally strong rugby nation.
Japan has in recent years become somewhat rugby crazy and has a huge support base. Clubs in the country also shell out vast sums of money to attract international talent to their ranks.
In another first (and bad news for Bok supporters) the Springboks have been drawn in the same pool as the defending champions the All Blacks.
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