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Typhoon Hagibis updates

With Hagibis bearing down on Tokyo, I’m sure everyone knows by now that the England-France and Italy-NZ matches are off, with the decision on Japan-Scotland to be called on Sunday morning.

I’m not getting into the debate here about cancellations vs rescheduling etc; plenty of time for that later.

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England vs USA

Nice seats in Kobe the other night for England vs USA!

Big fan of the beer delivery direct to your seats:

Great World Cup so far, fantastic result for the host nation the other day, and the legions of drunk Irishmen are a welcome &

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Japan 2019 Guide for England Fans

England’s schedule bounces around the country a fair bit, and with only 4 days between the first two matches in Sapporo & Kobe you’ll need to fly down if attending both of those:

v Tonga 22nd September, Sapporo

v USA 26th September, Kobe

v Argentina 5th October,

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Japan 2019 Guide for Wales Fans

It’s a very Kyushu-centric venue itinerary for Wales, with the last two pool matches then any potential quarterfinal all in Japan’s westernmost region:

v Georgia 23rd September, Toyota (Nagoya)

v Australia 29th September, Tokyo

v Fiji 9th October, Oita

v Uruguay 13th October,

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Japan 2019 Guide for South Africa Fans

South Africa fans have a pretty convenient venue itinerary to follow, with the first pool match and all potential knockout matches in Tokyo/Yokohama, and the other pool matches taking you on a nice little trip to Nagoya & Shizuoka in the Chubu region (between Tokyo and Osaka) and then Kobe:

v New Zealand 21st September,

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Japan 2019 Guide for Ireland Fans

Ireland’s pool matches are spread across 20 days in 4 different cities, moving smoothly westwards from Yokohama to Fukuoka, and then all potential knockout matches back in Tokyo/Yokohama.

It’s actually pretty much the perfect itinerary for combining sightseeing with your rugby matches:

v Scotland 22nd September,

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Japan 2019 Guide for France Fans

It’s a pretty good venue selection for France fans wanting to combine attending the pool matches with a nice sightseeing itinerary, though you’ll have to go all the way to Oita if you make the quarterfinals:

v Argentina 21st September, Tokyo

v USA 2nd October,

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Japan 2019 Guide for Australia Fans

For Aussie fans the pool schedule takes you from one end of the country to the other, with matches on the northernmost and westernmost islands (Hokkaido and Kyushu) either side of one in Tokyo, then a match in Shizuoka, and then assuming Australia get through you have to go all the way back to Kyushu again for the quarterfinal and then back to Tokyo/Yokohama for the last 2 matches:

v Fiji 21st September,

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Japan 2019 Guide for Scotland Fans

Should Scotland reach the final they’ll play 4 of their 7 matches in Yokohama, plus one just up the road in Tokyo. So for Scotland fans your obvious base is Tokyo/Yokohama, with a trip out west for the middle two pool matches:

v Ireland 22nd September, Yokohama

v Samoa 30th September,

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Japan 2019 Guide for New Zealand Fans

The All Blacks are bouncing back & forth in the pool stage, so New Zealand fans have some logistics to deal with. The 1st & 3rd matches are in Tokyo/Yokohama (as are all potential knockout matches), but the 2nd match is in far-flung Oita and the 4th is over in Toyota (Nagoya):

v South Africa 21st September,

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