This year’s tournament concludes with the final between Australia and New Zealand this weekend at Twickenham, with Japan, one of the success stories from the 2015 competition, preparing for the 2019 edition.

The World Rugby chief executive, “The Brave Blossoms, Japan’s national team, have been one of the great stories from this year’s tournament. With their combination of skill, speed, athleticism and determination, they have won many admirers and they have inspired a nation to follow our great sport. All that bodes well for the next edition of Rugby World Cup,” said Brett Gosper.

The Japan Rugby Football Union chairman, Noriyuki Sakamoto said, “We are very excited and proud to be the host union for RWC 2019 as the tournament is held in Asia for the very first time.”