A once in a lifetime experience in Kumagaya!
Kumagaya City and Saitama Prefecture
Japan’s hosting of Rugby World Cup 2019™ was decided in July 2009. Kumagaya City and Saitama Prefecture volunteered to become one of the Host Cities. Kumagaya Rugby Stadium has always been a symbol of the rugby world, hosting the national high school tournament for qualified high school teams every spring. On 2 March, 2015, the city’s efforts were rewarded, and Kumagaya was announced as a Host City.
Host City Mark
Schedule of matches held in Kumagaya City
Schedule of matches held in Kumagaya City
The most improved team
within the past decade
Many say that Argentina is the team that has improved the most in the past ten years. They have a long history in rugby, the sport having been introduced to the nation by English immigrants in 1873.
They have appeared in all 9 Rugby World Cup tournaments. In recent years, they have often appeared on the top 8 global rankings. In Rugby World Cup 2007, they stunned the world with their performance, defeating France in the pool stage and taking 3rd place in the tournament.
Firm forwards and
The Georgian rugby team is known by their nickname, “The Lelos.” The name originates from lelo burti, a traditional Georgian sport with strong similarities to rugby. Combat sports are popular in Georgia, so the people are drawn to rugby, a sport that involves running and physical contact.
Georgia’s first Rugby World Cup appearance was in 2003. They are polishing the play of their forwards, aiming to reach the top 8 in the 2019 tournament. There are no limits for the Lelos, who are driven by the improvement of their young players.
The United States of America
their inherent strength
While American football is gaining strength as “the sport to watch” in the USA, rugby is gaining popularity as “the sport to play.”
The USA have participated in every Rugby World Cup except for the 1995 tournament. Though they have never reached the top 8, their power matches even the championship nations. They have an unfaltering style of pushing through with the kicks of their forwards and trusting in their inherent strength.
Confident in their
Uruguay made their first Rugby World Cup appearance in 1999. To get to Rugby World Cup 2019™, they scored a turnaround try at the 33rd minute in their second playoff match against Canada. This earned them their right to compete in their second consecutive Rugby World Cup as the second team from the Americas.
They place their confidence in their conventional scrums. Steadily continuing to win matches even after securing their Rugby World Cup spot, this team’s advancement cannot be stopped.
Aiming to make an upset
with set plays
Russia experienced its first Rugby World Cup in 2011. Their veteran national club improved themselves little by little by participating in international tournaments such as the European Challenge Cup, eventually qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019™.
In their test match series in June 2018, they faced Canada, a regular contestant of Rugby World Cup, and took 6 tries on the back of their strong set plays, emerging victorious 43-20. Will they make an upset with the strong offense they showed against Canada?
Don’t miss the spirited shouts
of the Siva Tau
Samoa made the great achievement of reaching the top 8 in their first Rugby World Cup 1991. It is a formidable nation that has appeared in every Rugby World Cup since then, with the exception of the 1999 tournament.
Before each match, they perform the a traditional Samoan war dance known as the Siva Tau, inspiring themselves and intimidating their opponents. Their spirited shouts are not to be missed.
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Come and watch global top-level rugby at the reborn Kumagaya Rugby Stadium! A closer, more pleasant, more exciting experience!
Ticket application/purchase period
First general ticket sales (Ballot)
Wednesday 19 September, 2018 until Monday 12 November, 2018
Ballot result announcement date: Monday 26 November, 2018
Second general ticket sales (First come, first served)
Saturday 19 January, 2019 onwards
*The purchase of tickets requires ticket ID registration.
For schedules and other information regarding matches at other stadiums, please visit the official Rugby World Cup 2019™ ticket website.