RWC 2019 has officially become the highest grossing Rugby World Cup. Three days out from the start of the competition the tournament has already surpassed all others.
Japan bid for RWC 2011 only to lose to New Zealand. At the time of the decision, in 2005, it was voted against to favor the established order. Japan would win for RWC 2019 against Italy and South Africa though there was still plenty of doubt about hosting the RWC away from the traditional bases of the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
Approximately 400,000 tourists are expected in Japan for RWC 2019. Thus far over 97% of the tickets have been sold. The revenue from this equates to 245million Stirling which is 15million more than that from RWC 2015 in England and Wales.
"My return to playing is about the end of January, when Super Rugby starts. I'll do a pre-season with the Chiefs, and then hopefully round one I'll be ready to go."
@Stockcar86 said in Japan RWC2019 - Tickets and Info:
Oops, sorry it looks like the baseball season finishes end of September, I thought I was October. Maybe they finished the season earlier than usual because of the RWC.
Still a chance to see games until the end of the September. There is a Giants home game at Tokyo Dome on 27/9, but there are other teams easily accessible via train in other parts of Tokyo - Baystars, Swallows, Lions, Marines.
I don't arrive until late Oct. Damn you
September 21-22 at Olympic Stadium, Munich
I only associate the Oktoberfest in Germany with beer, but there's also a sevens tournament that is used as a preseason tournament before the 2019-2020 World Series kick off.
This is the All Blacks 7s squad for the Oktoberfest Sevens (*denotes debut);
1 Trael Joass
2 Tim Mikkelson
3 Tone Ng Shiu
4 Amanaki Nicole
5 Luke Masirewa
6 Dan Fransen *
7 Sam Dickson
8 Andrew Knewstubb
9 Regan Ware
10 Ngarohi McGarvey-Black
11 Rewita Biddle *
12 Sione Molia
With regular squad members Joe Ravouvou, Joe Webber and Vilimoni Koroi on Mitre 10 Cup duties, 22-year old Dan Fransen (Canterbury) and 20-year-old Rewita Biddle (Bay of Plenty) will get their first opportunity in a black jersey.
Fransen was a member of the All Blacks Sevens Development team earlier this year, while Biddle was a stand-out in the inaugural Red Bull Ignite7 programme.
“We have had a number of new faces with us during pre-season and they have been working really hard,” said Cama.
“Nothing beats game time though, so it’s a great opportunity for these guys to experience international sevens and at the same time it is great for us to develop depth in our programme.”
The Oktoberfest Sevens features seven of the top eight ranked teams from the World Series; the All Blacks Sevens are grouped with England, South Africa and Australia for pool play.
By the way, the other participating countries are: Germany, Fiji, France and the USA.
Also, farewell to one of my favourite footballers from any code in Luke Hodge. Fuck what a career that was.
I still can't believe you played for the Lions, how good? And can still play in September when it really matters.
With only the ceremonial stage into Madrid to go, Roglic holds on reasonably comfortably to win the overall tour.
Some great racing over the final stages - pretty much every stage had surprises and drama.
Second-to-last stage, Roglic and Lopez were involved in a crash - Movistar launched an attack while they were down, which pissed a lot of people off - and especially Astana (for Lopez).
Final stage, Pogacar was the man with the most left - he attacked about 40 km out and built a 90 second+ lead that he never relinquished; supplanting Lopez and Quintana in the process. The remnants of Movistar and Astana wouldn't cooperate properly with one another in a chase and for a while it looked like Valverde might even surrender second place to Pogacar (though I suspect Valverde was always saving a little bit in case Pogacar got really close).
George did some good work for Roglic early in the stage, helping to control Astana's efforts to send men up the road, and eventually was the last TJV man with Roglic, but still fell away when the big attacks came - from Lopez and then Pogacar.
Somewhat disappointing tour for George. He never seemed properly right after that big crash at the end of the first week. I wondered whether he'd got sick, but also wondering whether he was carrying something from that crash - or whether his TdF efforts just caught up with him, as they did for plenty of others.
Amazing tour for the Slovenians - first and third. Pretty amazing that Valverde rides the TdF and still manages second. Slightly disappointed for Lopez, who created a lot of the GC excitement, but eventually attacked himself into the ground and comes away somewhat empty handed (5th).
@Canes4life said in Hurricanes 2020:
Also, what happened to Tim Farrell? Is he injured again or has he not kicked on as expected?
Considering he hasn't played since the round 1 game against Manawatu - for the Magpies or the development team - I think he must be injured again. I haven't read anything (in the Hawke's Bay Today or on the HBRU FB page) to confirm that, but he's a squad member so he would play for the Saracens if he's not picked for the Magpies.
@shark said in Southland Rugby:
@Kirwan said in Southland Rugby:
@Magpie_in_aus maybe the solution is to redistribute the teams along populations lines? Should Southland just become a heartland team?
The criteria being how many people in order to have a Div 1 team? 100,000 would see others such as Tasman also demoted, and 16 sides from Greater Auckland.
Tasman's catchment - i.e. Nelson City, Marlborough, Tasman District has a population of 150,000.