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.
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