Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wonderful Rugby World Cup News.
Lots of enthusing about the decision of the International Rugby Board to award the 2015 Rugby World Cup to England (and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff). Its good news for British rugby fans - even if the British taxpayer is reported to have chipped in £25 million to help bring off the deal. But not that much excitement because most of us thought it was always much the most likely decision. The really fantastic bit of news is the announcement now that the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been awarded to Japan. It should have been Japan in 2011, but the old guard scratched each other's backs and plumped for short sightedness and give it to New Zealand. Now lets hope this decision will lead to Japan becoming a genuinely competitive rugby playing nation. Personally, I'd like to see the 2023 Rugby World Cup going to Italy or Argentina - but I suspect that this is too much to hope for.