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Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw

  • 10 May 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Roppongi Hills Club


  • Platinum and Gold Sponsors only (limited to one ticket per sponsor)

World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee have confirmed that the RWC 2019 pool draw will take place on 10 May 2017*.

As with past Rugby World Cups, the draw is expected to spark excitement and momentum both in Japan and throughout the global rugby community as the event marks the start of planning by teams and fans for the Rugby World Cup 2019 experience.

In addition, the results of the pool have an implication for business services such as hospitality, ticketing, tours and travel. Which games will generate the most excitement and therefore largest crowds? What happens to low interest games in large metropolitan areas – do they offer opportunity?

Join us at the Roppongi Hills Club for a recorded screening of the draw followed by an expert panel to discuss these implications and more.

One lucky guest will go home with two tickets to New Zealand, courtesy of Air New Zealand! 

The Panel

David MacCallum, Commercial Director - Asia, STH Group

STH Group are the exclusive global rights holder for accommodation bank, travel and hospitality programmes for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

STH were also the global rights holder for the official hospitality and travel programmes for Rugby World Cup 2007, 2011 and 2015 and successfully developed, sold and operated the official hospitality programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sam Pearson, Partnership Development Director, CSM Sports & Entertainment

CSM Sports & Entertainment are global leaders in the business of sport and entertainment.  They are active in every major sport and mega-events, including Rugby World Cup and Olympics, through world-class services from strategy to execution.

Yuji Honda, Head of Strategy & Legacy, RWC 2019 Organising Committee

The timing of the draw two and a half years out from Rugby World Cup 2019 enables Japan Rugby 2019 to develop the match schedule in association with Rights Holding broadcasters, confirm venues and base camps, and provide teams with an appropriate lead-in time to maximise planning and preparation.   Hear from Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee's Head of Strategy & Legacy, how Japan plans to make the best of this opportunity to showcase Japan to the world.

Moderated by Julianne Merriman, Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade Commission

The Venue

Roppongi Hills Club is a Members Club which occupies the entire 51st Floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. Overlooking the city of Tokyo, the Club boasts seven spectacular restaurants, two stunning bars and some of the most sought-after event space in Tokyo.


Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Roppongi Hills Club (Map)

Price: Members 7,500 yen | Non-Members 10,000 yen -- Price includes light dinner buffet and free flow drinks.

Registration deadline:  2 May 2017 Please note that no shows and cancellations after this date will be fully invoiced.

* According to a press release issued by Rugby World Cup earlier this year, the Rugby World Cup 2019 will host 20 teams which will be allocated into four pools of five teams each. The 12 direct qualifiers from RWC 2015 are: the winners, New Zealand; the runners-up, Australia; losing semi-finalists, South Africa and Argentina; losing quarter-finalists, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France; plus England, Japan, Georgia and Italy, who finished third in their respective pools.

The directly qualified teams will be allocated into the top three bands as follows:

Band 1: The four highest-ranked teams (1-4 in World Rugby Rankings)

Band 2: The next four highest-ranked teams (5-8 in World Rugby Rankings)

Band 3: The final four teams

The remaining eight qualifying places will be allocated into the other two bands (4 and 5). These will also be drawn randomly across the pools.

To learn more about the pool draw and for updates, visit the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 website.

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