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Rugby World Cup to visit Tokyo

As the football World Cup in Brazil limps toward an uncertain start, the next global sporting event, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, hit the ground running with a trophy tour kicking off in Japan — hosts of the 2019 event.

The Webb Ellis Cup will tour nations that have qualified for 2015 — including the U.S. — along with several developing rugby nations. Next September’s event is expected to pack stadiums in the United Kingdom with millions of fans and draw a cumulative television audience of 4 billion, according to organizers.

The U.S. and Japan will face each other in pool play during the tournament, and both would give themselves a decent chance of reaching the quarterfinals for the first time.
For more information see RugbyWorldCup.com.

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