The Test between the Boks and the All Blacks – only their fifth RWC encounter – takes place on Saturday 21 September at the International Stadium in Yokohama. The two Southern Hemisphere giants have each won two of their four RWC encounters.
The #50DTG celebrations were marked at a special trophy tour event in Tokyo Station – one of the world’s busiest commuter hubs through which up to 800,000 people pass every day – with the iconic Webb Ellis Cup the star attraction.
Rugby’s greatest trophy is travelling the length and breadth of Japan, inspiring a whole new generation of rugby fans. Since its arrival, the Webb Ellis Cup has travelled 10,000 km throughout the Land of the Rising Sun, engaging more than 100,000 people.
The Springboks are currently in Auckland, New Zealand, where they are busy with preparations for their final Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Argentina. The match against the Pumas takes place next Saturday, 10 August in Salta.
“It’s just 50 days to go now before the start of the RWC2019 in Japan, the first RWC tournament to be staged in Asia,” said Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane.
The nippy Faf de Klerk added: “The RWC2019 tournament promises to be a special rugby spectacle, with almost two million tickets sold for the 48 matches.”
Bok midfielder Lukhanyo Am said: “South Africans will be able to watch all 20 teams, including the Springboks, and each of the 48 games live on SuperSport.”
Rugby World Cup 2019 by the numbers:
- 1st Rugby World Cup hosted in Asia
- 9th edition of the Rugby World Cup
- 12 host cities
- 20 teams participating
- 48 matches to be staged
- 52 team camps to be held
- More than 207 broadcast territories
- 3 000 media to cover the showpiece
- 13 000 volunteers enrolled for service
- More than 400 000 international visitors expected
- 1.8 million tickets sold so far
- 112 million rugby fans in Asia region
The Springboks’ RWC Group B fixtures in Japan are:
Saturday, 21 September
Springboks vs New Zealand, International Stadium, Yokohama
Saturday, 28 September
Springboks vs Namibia, City of Toyota Stadium
Friday, 4 October
Springboks vs Italy, Shizuoka Stadium, Ecopa
Tuesday, 8 October
Springboks vs Canada, Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City.
For more RWC tournament and ticket information visit www.rugbyworldcup.com