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World Rugby announced Wednesday the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will be held in the country in May 2017, the first time it will be conducted outside Britain or Ireland.

The draw will be made based on the World Rugby Rankings two years before the showpiece event, unlike for the 2015 World Cup in England when the draw was made three years before the tournament, in order to give teams an extra year to move up the standings and earn a better seeding.

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