TOKYO – Rugby World Cup organisers were confident they were in good shape as they entered the final stretch of preparations for the tournament on Thursday, 50 days out from the opening match between hosts Japan and Russia.
Over 400,000 fans from around the world are expected to descend on Japan during the Sept. 20-Nov. 2 tournament, the first World Cup to be held outside of rugby's traditional heartlands.
Ever since the venue of the final was changed in 2015 after the scrapping of a proposed new national stadium, planning for the World Cup has been mostly smooth.
Three World Cup venues - Kamaishi, Osaka and Kumagaya - are hosting Japan warm-up matches, which should give organisers a chance to finetune their final preparations.
“The key operational aspects of the tournament are in good shape,” Japan 2019 chief executive Akira Shimazu told Reuters via email.