Rugby World Cup 2019 teams set or spectacular welcome.

Rugby World Cup 2019 teams set or spectacular welcome.

  • Japan set to welcome the world’s top teams and their fans as a stadium of 127 million hosts
  • Teams to receive a uniquely Japanese welcome via official Team Welcome Ceremonies between 13-19 September
  • Team Welcome Ceremonies set to take place at iconic venues across Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa
  • All players will receive a Rugby World Cup 2019 Cap, while the entire team, including coaches and management will receive the Rugby World Cup 2019 Participation Medal
  • Limited quantities of Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets remain on sale at
  • Fans are encouraged not to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime Rugby World Cup in Japan

With Japan set to welcome the world for Rugby World Cup 2019 in less than a month’s time, the Japan Rugby 2019 organizing committee and World Rugby have announced details of the very special and uniquely Japanese welcome that the 20 teams will receive at official team welcome ceremonies and unveiled the official participation medals and caps that will be presented. With teams arriving throughout September, their first official engagement will be Team Welcome Ceremonies held across Japan from 13-19 September. The ceremonies will be an opportunity for the local community, the Japan Rugby Football Union and World Rugby to officially welcome all teams to Japan and to Rugby World Cup 2019.

The ceremonies will take place in iconic locations spread across the length and breadth of Japan, from the northern island of Hokkaido to the tropical island paradise of Okinawa, more than 2,600 kilometres to the south. Locations for the 20 ceremonies include the famous Zōjōji Temple at the foot of Tokyo Tower in central Tokyo, an historical sumo wrestling hall in Osaka and one of the finest examples of European neo-classical architecture from Japan’s Meiji era, the Bunshokan in Yamagata City.

During the ceremony, all 31 playing team members will receive their Rugby World Cup 2019 Cap (a rugby tradition), while the entire team, including coaches and management will receive the Rugby World Cup 2019 Participation Medal.

Designed by Japanese master craftsman and national treasure Minori Yoshita, the medals capture Japan’s seamless blend of respect for tradition, with its deep spirit of innovation. The medal face is adorned with Japan’s beloved sakura, the ubiquitous cherry blossom held so dear by all Japan. The sakura motif frames the unmissable Rugby World Cup 2019 logo symbolizing the coming together of Japan as it welcomes the global rugby community, with the Rising Sun and Mount Fuji blended into World Rugby’s iconic logo.

The reverse side features a silhouette of rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup encapsulated in a circle representing the 20 competing nations at Rugby World Cup 2019.

Born in 1932 and recognized as a national treasure of Japan in 2011, Minori Yoshita is the master of the world famous Nishikiyama Kiln. He is an expert in Yūri-kinsai, a highly specialized gold leaf-application technique used in Japanese pottery and porcelain. The technique is the inspiration behind the prominent sakura motifs adoring the Rugby World Cup 2019 Participation Medals.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “Rugby World Cup 2019 will be a truly unique celebration of Japanese culture and tradition and rugby’s character-building values and the teams are at the heart of the story. The official welcome ceremonies symbolize the start of the tournament and will showcase the truly nationwide warmth of the support that the world’s best teams and their fans will receive in Japan.”

Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee CEO Akira Shimazu added: “In Japan we take the welcome and hospitality we afford to our guests very seriously. The word ‘ometenashi’ describes the spirit of hospitality in which all visitors are offered the very best welcome possible. We look forward to welcoming all 20 teams and presenting them with a Rugby World Cup medal symbolizing both our gratitude and welcome. These medals capture the most iconic symbols of Japan – our beloved cherry blossoms and the rising sun atop of Mount Fuji, combining them with the unmistakable image of the Webb Ellis Cup. They signify the bonds of friendship and respect that bind the world of rugby as Japan proudly hosts Asia’s first Rugby World Cup.”

Ticket-inclusive travel packages provided through RWC 2019 official travel agents are proving extremely popular, with tickets for some of the most popular matches still available. The prestigious Webb Ellis Suite and private hospitality suites are already sold out, however some great matchday hospitality options are still available. Further details can be found via and

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NBC Sports to provide most comprehensive U.S. coverage ever at Rugby World Cup

NBC Sports to provide most comprehensive U.S. coverage ever at Rugby World Cup

  • Unprecedented 250+ Hours of Rugby World Cup 2019 Matches & Programming
  • 26 Matches Televised Live on NBCSN, Including All Team USA Matches and Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
  • USA v. England on Sept. 26 at 6 a.m. ET Live on NBCSN
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 Begins with Russia v. Host Nation Japan on Sept. 20 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN
  • NBC Sports Gold’s Direct-to-Consumer “Rugby World Cup Pass” to Live Stream All 48 Tournament Games – 22 Exclusively – Available NOW for $199
  • STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2019 – NBC Sports will provide the most comprehensive U.S. coverage of the Rugby World Cup ever when the event begins one month from today on Friday, Sept. 20, with Russia v. host-nation Japan at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Over the course of the six-week tournament, NBC Sports will present more than 250 hours of Rugby World Cup 2019 matches, original programming and additional Rugby World Cup content. All 48 tournament matches from Japan will be available live, commercial-free and on-demand on NBC Sports Gold, including 22 matches exclusive to the subscribers of the direct-to-consumer package. Twenty-six of the 48 matches will be shown live on NBCSN, and streamed via authentication on and the NBC Sports app. Some games will also be shown on delay on NBC.

Team USA will compete in Pool C against Argentina, England, France and Tonga. NBCS Network will televise all U.S. matches live. Following is Team USA’s pool play schedule:

Thursday, September 26 | 6:45 a.m. ET | USA vs. England
Wednesday, October 2 | 3:35 a.m. ET | USA vs. France
Wednesday, October 9 | 12:45 a.m. ET | USA vs. Argentina
Sunday, October 13 | 1:45 a.m. ET | USA vs. Tonga

The pool play round consists of 40 matches – divided amongst four pools consisting of five nations each – that run through Sunday, Oct. 13.

The quarterfinals will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, while the semifinals will be played on the following weekend of Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Rugby World Cup Final will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, from International Stadium Yokohama. Both semifinal matches and the World Cup Final will be available live on NBC Sports Gold and re-aired on NBC. NBCSN will also present live coverage of the 2019 Final.

NBC Sports Gold provides rugby fans with unprecedented access to Rugby World Cup 2019 with multiple direct-to-consumer live streaming passes, which include commercial-free coverage, live and on-demand, on desktop, mobile, tablet and connected TV devices.

In pool play, two games each from the following nations will be available exclusively on Gold: Wales (ranked No. 1 in the world), New Zealand (No. 2), Ireland (No. 3) South Africa (No. 4) and England (No. 5). In the knockout round, two quarterfinal matches will also be presented exclusively on Gold.

Highlights of exclusive Gold matches in pool play include:

Saturday, September 21 at 3:15 a.m. ET: France v. Argentina
Saturday, September 21 at 5:45 a.m. ET: New Zealand v. South Africa
Sunday, September 22 at 3:45 a.m. ET: Ireland v. Scotland
Saturday, September 28 at 3:15 a.m. ET: Japan v. Ireland
Sunday, September 29 at 3:45 a.m. ET: Australia v. Wales
Saturday, October 5 at 4 a.m. ET: England v. Argentina
Saturday, October 12 at 4:15 a.m. ET: England v. France
Following are the NBC Sports Gold Rugby World Cup 2019 options available for purchase:

Rugby World Cup Pass
Available for $199.99 for the entire tournament ($4.15 per game)
Includes all 48 matches live, commercial-free and on-demand
22 exclusive matches to be shown only on NBC Sports Gold
Features exclusive original programming, daily pre- and post-day shows, extended match highlights and more
Rugby World Cup Single Match Pass
Available for $29.99 for one pool play match
All-Access Premium Rugby Pass
Available for $229.99

Includes all offerings from “Rugby Pass” and “Rugby World Cup Pass”
“Rugby Pass” consists of all matches from the Premiership Rugby League, Six Nations Championship, Heineken Champions Cup and knockout phase matches of the European Rugby Cup Challenge
Information about Rugby World Cup offerings for NBC Sports Pub Pass – a new customizable Over The Top (OTT) platform developed specifically for the retail pub/restaurant market in the U.S. – will be available soon.

NBC Sports Gold is NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product that provides sports fans with access to exclusive premium sports events and content, live and on-demand, at an affordable price. Launched in 2016 with a single cycling product, NBC Sports Gold currently offers 17 individual sports “passes” – eleven domestic (PGA TOUR LIVE, Premier League, Premier League Match Day, INDYCAR, Cycling, Track & Field, Premier Lacrosse League, Speed Skating, Rugby, Supercross, and Snow, consisting of seven Olympic winter sports); two regional (Blazers and Philly); one combination (Supercross and Pro Motocross), two domestic and international (Figure Skating and Pro Motocross); and one international-only (Notre Dame Football). Find NBC Sports Gold in the NBC Sports app. Available on Apple iOS & tvOS, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast and