ANZCCJ hosts RWC Pool Draw Screening and Networking Evening
11 May 2017
By Eve Bentley
- 10 May marked the much awaited Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool Draw, held in Kyoto by World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee.
- ANZCCJ, in conjunction with BCCJ, held an exciting evening networking event at the Roppongi Hills Club, featuring a recorded screening of the draw followed by an expert panel discussion.
The Rugby World Cup will be held from September 20 to November 2, 2019 and Japan will be the first Asian country to host the tournament. At the draw in Kyoto, eight slots were allocated to the teams yet to qualify.
Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner
Pool C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2
Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2
Among the highlights of the pool draw was of course, New Zealand & South Africa being in same pool given their history as long term competitive rivals. Attendees playfully celebrated their friendly rivalries over potential outcomes of the cup, as the draw was screened as well as following up with inquiries about how Japan intends to address the various logistical considerations of hosting such an event, both fun and serious. The expert panel addressed many of these questions in the discussion and follow-up Q&A session as moderated by Julianne Merriman, Trade Commissioner, from the Australian Trade Commission.
The Panel featured Sam Pearson (Kiwi), the Partnership Development Director for CSM Sports & Entertainment in Japan, David MacCallum (Aussie), the Commercial Director of STH Group Asia and finally our Japanese panelist was Yuji Honda, the Head of Strategy & Legacy on the RWC 2019 Organising Committee.
The Rugby World Cup is an opportunity for Japan to showcase itself as a global hub for tourists who will be visiting. During the panel, Yuji Honda explained, "From a hospitality perspective the aim is on creating a great experience for guests and there are a number of fun ideas about the structure and opportunities."
Working at STH group, who were also the global rights holder for the official hospitality and travel programmes for Rugby World Cup 2007, 2011 and 2015, David explained that “The Rugby World Cup is low risk, high return relative to other major sporting events. In terms of organising and hosting sporting events, it is one of the better events to be charged with in terms of organising. Looking at the data from the last Rugby World Cup in England in 2015, on average 400,000 tourists, each spending around 3000 pounds and staying on average 14 days. Most people were following a team over a couple of weekends, balancing travel and games.”
Yuji Honda explained that the Rugby World Cup 2019 will have 12 host cities across Japan, including major cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama. "The important challenge is the other 10 cities and concerns as to how to fill the venues, and activating the local and international communities of the featured games."
Other important points that were mentioned were the need to create general awareness among the Japanese public, but also increase understanding about how companies can leverage major sporting events to the benefit of their businesses. Given that the Rugby World Cup is one of the largest events in the world, the panelists further added that the excitement surrounding it can simultaneously translate into business opportunities. This can be taken advantage of through the use of social media, for example.
Altogether, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening featuring both entertainment and business networking complemented by the stunning views of the Roppongi Hills Club. ANZCCJ would also like to acknowledge the sponsors of this amazing event, Air New Zealand, and thank them for their donation of the generous lucky draw prize. Congratulations to ANZCCJ member Ryo Hayakawa, on his winning the two tickets to New Zealand! A further thank you to Robert Walters, an official sponsor of the Brave Blossoms for the goodie bags.
In his closing remarks, ANZCCJ Chair Andrew Gauci, remarked, "The Chamber looks forward to working with Australian and New Zealand businesses in Japan to leverage the many events we will be hosting over the following years as we get closer to the RWC and the Olympics."
You can read further details about the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw on the official site here, in both English and Japanese.
ANZCCJ inquiries: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director
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