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The ninth Rugby World Cup, held every four years and organised by World Rugby, is on from 20 September to 2 November in Japan. Held over the course of six weeks, it is the third largest sporting event in the world.
This is a year of firsts for the growing tournament! It is the first time it’s being held outside the traditional Rugby Tier 1 locations; the first time being held in Japan and a first also for Asia, with stadia in Hong Kong and Singapore also hosting matches during the tournament.
Rugby Growing in Popularity in Asia
Whilst Rugby in Asia dates back to 1871 when the world’s first rugby football ‘union,’ the RFU, was established, and with Asia represented at every Rugby World Cup since 1987 by Japan, this is still a developing market for the sport. World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont commented this year: “Rugby World Cup 2019 has captured the imagination of the Japanese public and rugby fans around the world with record ticket demand and what is likely to be the largest number of inbound fans, which is very exciting to see and will make for a very special atmosphere…It will be a tournament that has fans and teams at heart, celebrates rugby and Japan and will further the reach and growth of the sport across Asia and around the world.”
Rugby continues to gain popularity in particular in Japan, which put the rugby world on notice at the last World Cup in 2015 in England, with a stunning 34-32 upset of South Africa, one of the great rugby powers of the world.
This year’s Rugby World Cup also marks the unveiling of a new logo, based on the World Rugby logo and stylised with Mount Fuji and the Japanese rising sun, together representing "unity:" “As a completely new territory for the tournament to be held in, Japan will ‘become one’ with the players and fans from the leading rugby nations of the world, working towards the common goal of making rugby a truly global sport. Japan and rugby fans from all over the world will share and unite under the spirit of rugby.”
20 teams from all over the world are participating across 48 total matches in 12 host cities. The opening match will be held at Tokyo Stadium and the Finals will be held at Yokohama Stadium. New Zealand Head Coach, Steve Hansen is excited for the event: “Having the World Cup in Japan is a great opportunity to grow rugby. It’s a special part of the world and Japan is leading the development of the game in the region. Let’s hope the tournament reaches great heights and is an exciting event to come to.” New Zealand’s team, the All Blacks, will look to secure its third consecutive World Cup trophy in Japan.
Private Aircraft Charter for the Rugby World Cup
With up to 400,000 international fans set to travel to Japan during the tournament, have you already considered travel arrangements for your private aviation customers?
ExecuJet’s worldwide charter fleet represents the latest in modern technology and flexibility. We can supply a wide range of aircraft from one of our bases throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to get you and your guests to the Rugby World Cup in style.
All of our charter aircraft comply with the latest regulatory requirements and offer the very best in onboard amenities and luxuries, reflecting our uncompromising commitment to safety and comfort. Complementing our fixed wing fleet, we also offer a modern rotary fleet providing a seamless solution to helicopter charter. Helicopter charter provides a fast, flexible service, and is suited for short trips to destinations with no FBO, in case your VIP customers want to see more of the sites whilst visiting Japan.
Book your charter flight to the Rugby World Cup today and let us look after the details.