World Rugby ease fears over RWC ’19

Date published: September 15 2015

World Rugby are not worried about having to move the 2019 Rugby World Cup from Japan, insisting there was no 'Plan B'.

Concerns over Japan's hosting of the tournament grew after plans for a new national stadium were recently scrapped.

South Africa and Italy have been touted as potential replacement hosts but World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset eased fears over the situation on Tuesday.

“We are very confident,” Lapasset told reporters.

“Japan 2019 became a difficult situation for us after the decision to cut the project for the new stadium, but we are in contact with the Japanese Rugby Football Union and we continue to work with the organising committee and the authorities in Japan.

“We do not have a plan B and we have had no direct contact with South Africa or any of the others.

"It’s important we get the message across strongly that with four years to go we are continuing the process.

"We are resolving the problems and ensuring that we have the best possible event in Japan.”