Wednesday, 29 July 2009

It's coming home, it's coming...

Delighted (from an entirely selfish point of view) that England will host the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Although I've been firmly in the Japanese camp - not only were they royally stitched up during the 2011 bid, it's high time the IRB took seriously its obligations to spread the game beyond the traditional backyards - the fact that the 2019 event has been handed to Japan is some consolation, albeit 8 years late.

So, rugby's coming home - roll on 4th September, the date England will begin their defence of the Rugby World Cup ...

1 comment:

Nursedude said...

I think in thise case, the IRB got it right. There is a part of me that hoped for Italy AND Japan to get picked to host in 2015 and 2019 to really try to expand the game past the Tri Nations sides, the home countries and France. I think bringing it back to England is a way of paying homage to the birthplace of the game, as well as filling the IRB coffers.

Picking Japan was way overdue. There is no question that the Japanese know how to run a big show, be it the FIFA world Cup or the Olympic games. Looking forward to seeing some games in England in 6 years!