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Host nation Japan was drawn to face Ireland, Scotland and two teams yet to qualify in the group stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup at a lavish ceremony at Kyoto State Guest House on Wednesday.

Japan, which will become the first country outside of rugby’s traditional heartlands to host the competition when it kicks off at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium on Sept. 20, 2019, has appeared in all eight previous editions but has never made it past the first round.

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