Rugby World Cup 2019™ 500 Days to go Event!
On May 6th, 2018 was the 500 Days to go Event held at the legendary Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium!
Three people took the podium at today’s event: Tokyo’s Governor Yuriko Koike, 4-time Japan National Team Player and RWC2019 ambassador, Tsutomu Matsuda and Ayumu Goromaru, famou for his performance at the 2015 England Rugby World Cup.
Tokyo Rugby Middle School Girl’s Team, the Official Mascot of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Ren-G and the Tokyo Sports Promotion Mascot, Yurito alongside RWC2019 University supporters got on stage to fire up the crowd!
To start off the event, Governor Koike holding a special commemorative 500 days to go rugby ball, passed the ball to Tsutomu Matsuda! Goromaru then took the ball and passed it to the Tokyo Rugby Middle School Girl’s Team. Fans went crazy at the sight of these rugby icons working together to create an atmosphere full of teamwork and pride.
Governor Koike faced the crowd and said「Everyone cheering here today, athletes Mr. Matsuda and Mr. Goromaru, mascots Ren-G and Yurito, let’s cheer together and create a lasting memory that will stay with us forever」.
Tsutomu Matsuda commented 「Athletes, volunteers, supporters and fans alike, now is the time to get involved!」.
Goromaru, famous for his pose during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, shared his thoughts「I’m glad that all fans could enjoy the England World Cup. It pushes us and gives us motivation even when we are struggling. With 500 days left to go, this is when the athletes will really start to crack down on training. I hope that the team will be able to learn from the Test Matches in June and November and we will get stronger as a team. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2019 with Japan representing Asia at the highest level. 」
After introductions, the day counter was unveiled!
Made of wood and in the shape of the official Rugby World Cup 2019 ball, the day counter will be displayed in many locations around Tokyo.
The same day at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, the Kanto Spring Tournament (Tokai University vs. Meiji University) and the following day a match against New Zealand Representative University Team, were held and there was a mass gathering of fans!
Mr. Matsuda was seeing encouraging the players during half time of the Tokai University vs. Meiji University match.
Japan women’s representative players from universities in Tokyo visited today to support the event. Also come to support was Miss Tokai University 2017 Ran Kasai and Meiji Girls Collection Finalist Kasumi Sasada. They both came wearing coordinating colors for their rugby teams uniforms. Let’s try coordinating colors when watching rugby!
There will be many events around Tokyo as the RWC2019 approaches. Please look forward to it!