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Here are the 12 venues Japan will use to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup

How would Ireland match up if the 2023 bid was successful?

THIS YEAR’S RUGBY World Cup is only six months away, and the countdown for the tournament after that is well under way too.

Japan unveiled its host venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup yesterday. And, while Ireland consistently looks at the 2011 tournament in New Zealand for inspiration regarding our own bid, the Japanese offering should provide some hope too.

While the first Asian host of the World Cup boast two stadia with more than 72,000 capacity, their dozen venues is completed by much more modest locations such as the  16,000 capacity Kamaishi Recovery Memorial ground and the Hakatanomori Football stadium which holds 22,000.

Japan will host the tournament with half the venues falling below a 40,000 capacity to compliment the larger six.

Here’s how World Rugby presented the venues yesterday (some have obviously yet to be completed / renovated)

1.

Capacity: 41,410

2.

Capacity: 16,187

3.

Capacity: 24,000

4.

Capacity: 80,000

5.

Capacity: 72,327

6.

Capacity: 50,889

7.

Capacity: 45,000

8.

Capacity: 30,000

9.

Capacity: 30,312

10.

Capacity: 22,563

11.

Capacity: 32,000

12.

Capacity: 40,000

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