Hosted once every four years, the Rugby World Cup is rugby’s centerpiece event. It is the big stage that rugby players from all over the world dream of reaching.
Held over the course of seven weeks, it is the 3rd largest sports event in the world after the summer Olympics and the Football World Cup.
With global excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019, World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the 40 matches that comprise the tournament’s pool stage.
Nigel Owens will have the honor of refereeing the opening match at Rugby World Cup 2019 as hosts Japan take on Russia at Tokyo Stadium on 20 September, kicking-off a 44-day global celebration of rugby and its values.
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