As we approach the start of what some claim is the third-largest sporting event in the world behind the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics, it’s time to lay down some very clear markers as to why the tournament sits head and shoulders above other global rivals eyeing top spot. For the uninitiated, here’s 10 blindingly obvious reasons you should be paying close attention to the tournament come kickoff on Sept. 20:

Unlike the “World” Series that is contested by 30 Major League Baseball teams in North America every year, teams from virtually every continent on the planet attempt to qualify for rugby’s biggest tournament in the World Cup cycle. Indeed, a mind-boggling 93 teams from Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe and the Americas entered the qualification rounds for the 2019 tournament.

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