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A sense of familiarity, long-standing historical ties, and a look to the future have ensured the southern island of Kyushu will resemble Little Britain in the buildup to next year’s Rugby World Cup.

England, Scotland and Wales have announced they will be based in the cities of Miyazaki, Nagasaki and Kitakyushu, respectively, in the weeks leading up to the tournament, which kicks off in Tokyo on Sept. 20, 2019, in a move that has delighted the British Embassy.

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