AUCKLAND – It is 50 days out to the historic 2019 Rugby World Cup kick-off in Japan.
However, Springbok supporters will have to wait an extra day to go before their team start their campaign with a blockbuster Group B match against defending champions, the All Blacks.
The Test between the Boks and the All Blacks – only their fifth RWC encounter – takes place on Saturday 21 September at the International Stadium in Yokohama. The two Southern Hemisphere giants have each won two of their four RWC encounters.
The #50DTG celebrations were marked on Thursday at a special trophy tour event in Tokyo Station – one of the world’s busiest commuter hubs through which up to 800,000 people pass every day – with the iconic Webb Ellis Cup the star attraction.
Rugby’s greatest trophy is travelling the length and breadth of Japan, inspiring a whole new generation of rugby fans. Since its arrival, the Webb Ellis Cup has travelled 10,000 km throughout the Land of the Rising Sun, engaging more than 100,000 people.