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Rugby officials emphasized that the first Rugby World Cup in Asian would be a “game changer” that could bring the game to the next phase.

Speaking at a One-Year To Go Festival event at Tokyo’s Meiji Kinenkan, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said that “history will be made” when Japan faces Russia in the tournament opener at Tokyo Stadium on Sept. 20, 2019, as it will be “the first time the World Cup will be played” outside of the traditional major rugby countries.

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