Rugby

Record volunteer numbers for Japan 2019 RWC

2018-07-23 10:38
RWC 2019 (File)

Tokyo - A record number of people in Japan have applied to volunteer at next year's Rugby World Cup, with applicants outnumbering available spots by nearly four to one, organisers said on Monday.

Rugby still takes a backseat to baseball and football in Japan, and 2019's World Cup will be the first time the event is held in Asia.

But excitement about the event, and the Tokyo Olympics the following year, has been building, and World Cup organisers hailed the "phenomenal interest" in volunteer positions.

Over 38,000 people submitted applications for just 10 000 spots, organisers said in a statement.

"It represents a record as the largest number of volunteer applications and the largest volunteer workforce for any Rugby World Cup," they added.

"We are absolutely delighted with the incredible response," said 2019 organising committee president Akira Shimazu.

Japan will be the first country outside of rugby's traditional strongholds to host the World Cup.

It has been seen a strategic choice for World Rugby as it seeks new markets.

The tournament will run from September 20, 2019 until November 2, with matches being played across 12 host cities throughout Japan.

Read more on:    japan  |  rwc 2019  |  rugby

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

After 3 weeks of Super Rugby action, which South African team appears most likely to challenge for overall honours?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.