Rugby World Cup 2019 breaks records and wins hearts during the emotional pool stage

The Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee has praised the Japanese people, the teams, and fans after 37 matches which showcased the best of rugby and the best of Japan on and off the field.

·        More than 1.8 million tickets were sold across all 48 matches

·        Brave Blossoms win hearts around the world

·        More than 864,000 fans attend official Fanzones

·        Broadcast records smashed

·        Effort to get the matches on at the weekend

·        Close matches, unexpected results have characterized pool stage

An emotional final weekend of pool play which characterized the unbreakable spirit of a great tournament saw a monumental effort by organizers, host cities, and the people of Japan to make matches take place in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis. With the devastation across areas of Japan, Namibia, and Canada made headlines for assisting with the clean-up operation in Kamaishi, meanwhile, the emotional victory of Brave Blossoms over Scotland was a gift to the people of Japan, generating headlines all over the world.

Other highlights of a remarkable tournament include: a spectacular opening ceremony, the warmth of the Japanese welcome as rugby mania swept the host nation, fans embracing Japanese culture and assisting to clear stadia of rubbish, the rapturous scenes in Fanzones since Japan registered the result of the tournament and the heroic performances of teams such as Namibia, Uruguay, Canada, and the USA.

More than 1.8 million tickets for the first Rugby World Cup of Asia have been sold through official channels across all 48 matches with an average of 99% of tickets that were sold across all venues. Reflecting how the excitement of the tournament captured the wider Japanese public with a record 864,000 fans having attended packed Fanzones and a lot of local people seeing rugby for the first time. All that makes the tournament become one of the world’s most talked-about sports events in the present. 

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