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Japan keen on more Asian venues

JAPANESE officials will continue to press rugby authorities to consider Hong Kong and Singapore as flyaway venues to host games for the 2019 World Cup.

Japan will become the tournament's first Asian hosts, but has proposed holding matches outside the country if logistically and financially viable. Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Nobby Mashimo said he would respect the decision of tournament organizers but underlined the importance of boosting the game across Asia.

"The tournament may be 10 years away but while the IRB council ultimately decides (on venues), it is our responsibility to highlight the legacy benefits for Asia. China and South Korea are among nations who could be challenging Japan's supremacy in Asia by 2019 but it is Japan's role to try to stay ahead and be a leader for Asia," he said.


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