Japan are set to break new ground this September by being the first Tier Two team to host a Rugby World Cup. Previously, the William Webb Ellis trophy has only ever been contested in the countries that World Rugby ranks as its Tier One elites, those world-famous rugby nations, such as Australia and New Zealand, that are the favourites going into every tournament they play.
There is added incentive to this year’s Six Nations Championship, with the small matter of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan on the horizon.
The opening two rounds of the Gallagher Premiership season have seen Exeter Chiefs and Saracens secure back-to-back bonus point victories, whilst Newcastle Falcons prop up the table with a solitary bonus point following consecutive defeats.
Another season of European club rugby will come to a climax on Saturday 12th May when Leinster lock horns with Racing 92 at Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium in the final of the Champions Cup.