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Japan launches bid for its first rugby World Cup

Japan on Tuesday announced a bid to host its first rugby union World Cup, saying that bringing the event to the country would help make rugby become "a truly global sport".

The Japan Rugby Football Union The Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU; Japanese: 日本ラグビーフットボール協会, Nihon Ragubi- Futtobo-ru Kyo-kai  has sent a letter of intent to the International Rugby Board The International Rugby Board (IRB) is the world governing and law-making body for the sport of rugby union, and previously for rugby football. It was founded in 1886 as the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) by Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  confirming Japan's interest to tender for both rugby World Cups in 2015 and 2019, the union said on its website.


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 had called for countries to indicate their interest in hosting the 2015 or 2019 tournaments with a final decision on both events to be made next July.

"We are bidding to host the Rugby World Cup not just for Japan but for Asia," said Nobby nob·by  
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 Mashimo, chairman of the JRFU JRFU Japan Rugby Football Union .

"Bringing the Rugby World Cup to Japan and Asia will unlock the potential of rugby as a truly global sport," added Mashimo.

"It will not only bring rugby closer to the Asian community, but will foster the growth of the sport worldwide and spread the rugby spirit of teamwork and respect," he added.

Japan, which made an unsuccessful bid to host the 2011 World Cup, is scheduled to submit a hosting plan to IRB by May next year.

France hosted last year's event, and New Zealand are the hosts in 2011.
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