The city of Kamaishi, in Iwate Prefecture, one of areas devastated in the Great East Japan Earthquake, is among the 12 host cities being proposed by the Japanese organizing committee as part of multiple plans for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, an informed source told Kyodo News on Thursday.
Also on the list of strong potential candidates are Sapporo, Toyota in Aichi Prefecture, and Higashiosaka in Osaka Prefecture, the site of Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium.
From 10 to 12 host cities will be chosen from the 15 candidature cities. Rugby World Cup Ltd., which operates the tournament, is hoping to narrow down the host cities to about 10, but the Japanese organizing committee is negotiating for more.
The announcement of the host cities will be made March 2 after the decision is approved at an executive board meeting by RWCL in Dublin, Ireland.
The opening match and final of the tournament are expected to be held at a newly built National Stadium in Tokyo, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
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