It has been an exciting August for rugby fans, with the opening of the new Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (one of the host cities for 2019), Namibia being qualified through and only one remaining team, repechage winner, to succeed through to the final stage.

There has been a special focus on Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium due to its touching story from The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and the tsunami that brought huge devastation and loss of life to Kamaishi and its surrounding areas. The Rugby World Cup vision of "Connect, Create, Go Forward" holds special significance for the people of Kamaishi. The new venue will hold two Rugby World Cup 2019™ matches, bringing thousands of fans from all over the globe, creating a truly international atmosphere to the small city.

The anticipation continues in the repechage play-off taking place in France, November 2018. The four teams are confirmed as: Kenya, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany. The Canadian team have qualified for every Rugby World Cup since 1987, however Hong Kong have shown steady improvements with their team now moving into a more professional development and training system. It is important to note, this is the first time Rugby World Cup has held one of these tournaments. All teams are quite evenly matched, making it an even more thrilling contest.

As the line-up for 2019 is finalising, so are ticket sales. Fans and businesses alike have already confirmed their places at this historic event with the Official Hospitality programme, with demand for hospitality packages exceptionally high. The most popular package, Webb Ellis Suite, the ultimate private space, has sold out. The Webb Ellis Pavilion, a purpose-built flagship venue near International Stadium Yokohama, has also been extremely popular and some matches even sold out. All hospitality packages for Rugby World Cup 2019 feature the best available Category A seat, pre and post-match hospitality, unique entertainment and celebrity guest speakers, with an exceptional experience combining a blend of western influences and traditional Japanese 'omotenashi'.

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