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Countdown to Kickoff: Japan’s Rugby History one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup

SOAS, University of London Japan Research Centre Symposium

20 September 2018, from 17.00

Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) SOAS

Speakers include: Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS), J. Simon Rofe (SOAS), Phil McGowan (World Rugby Museum, Twickenham), Simon Chadwick (Salford University Manchester), Hilary Frank (Cornwall Council)

Japan will host the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019, scheduled from the 20th of September to the 2nd of November, with 48 matches to be played in 12 venues across Japan. Held every four years since 1987, Japan’s hosting of the event will mark the first time the Rugby World Cup is held in Asia.

This SOAS symposium, exactly one year out from the start of the 2019 fixtures, will reflect on the history of rugby in Japan and the potential impact of hosting this sporting mega-event.

For further details and registration, please visit the SOAS website.