The 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament is in full swing! After much anticipation, the Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday, 20 September 2019 in Japan, and Google is celebrating with a scrum as part of its Google Doodle.
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The Rugby World Cup has been held every four years since 1987, matching top international teams from 20 countries against each other. In the past, the tournament’s been hosted by traditional rugby strongholds such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, but this year, the tournament is being held in Asia (Japan) for the first time.
According to Google itself, twenty teams are competing this year for a chance to bring home the Webb Ellis Cup, named after a 19th century schoolboy in the British Midlands town of Rugby, Warwickshire.
“With a fine disregard for the rules of the game as played in his time,” as one historian wrote, William Webb Ellis grabbed the ball and ran with it, innovating a centuries-old game that would come to be known as modern rugby.
Defending champions New Zealand have won the Webb Ellis Cup three times, Australia and South Africa twice, and England once in 2003.
Google also goes on to wish every team the best of luck.
Rugby World Cup: Opening
The team from Japan will kick off the tournament in a game against Russia at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium at 12:45 (SAST) on Friday 20 September 2019. The tournament will conclude on 2 November 2019 with the awarding of the Webb Ellis Cup to the tournament’s champion.
SA vs NZD
The All Blacks and Springboks face off at Yokohama’s International Stadium on Saturday in their Pool B clash at the World Cup.