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2019 Rugby World Cup Gets Underway In Japan
The Rugby World Cup is heading to Asia for the first time with Japan hosting the regular tournament. The competition only comes around every four years and this edition promises to be one of the best yet. It’s a history-making affair for the hosts. The Rugby World Cup will act as something of a warm-up hosting activity for the country before next year’s Olympics. Every one of the 48 matches will take place in the country with the final set for 2 November at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. The Webb Ellis Cup awaits the victor but who could lift the crown?
The Six Teams That Could Be Named Rugby World Cup Champions 2019 In Japan
Naturally, New Zealand are the favourites for this tournament. The All Blacks have dominated the sport in the last decade, winning both the 2015 and the 2011 editions of the tournament. They’re the firm favourites but are certainly not the same team which dominated four years ago. South Africa are ready to pounce on any mistakes. The Springboks are always a competitive side but will be hoping to match their 2007 triumph again this year. Elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia are always a good side. They haven’t won the competition since 1999 but will make stiff competition for any side. A number of British sides are also in the running. England are the only British side to have won the tournament before. Their 2003 success was offset by a defeat in the 2007 edition four years later. Ireland are also amongst the favourites. They enter the tournament as the number-1 ranked side in the world. They haven’t made it further than the quarters before but will be hoping for a better performance in Japan. The other side rounding off the six favourites is Wales. They’re the dark horses for this competition with head coach of 10 years Warren Gatland set to step down after the tournament. They won the Grand Slam at this year’s Six Nations and cannot be written off.