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With the arrival of the William Webb Ellis trophy in Tokyo, the countdown to the ninth RWC began. The starting date is September 20.

Twenty nations will play in four pools. The USA drew the most difficult pool with England, France, Argentina, and Tonga.

Betting odds in the UK follow:

New Zealand - 6/5

England - 9/2

Ireland - 5/1

Wales - 7/1

South Africa - 8/1

Australia - 14/1

France - 28/1

Japan - 250/1

USA - From 500/1 to 5,000/1

Canada - From 500/1 to 7,500/1

Ticket purchasing from World Rugby:

A limited numbers of Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets are on sale until the end of July. Fans can purchase tickets via www.tickets.rugbyworldcup.com, ticket-inclusive travel packages via official travel agents at www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours and hospitality via www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality

Fans can also purchase tickets via the Rugby World Cup 2019 official resale service, which provides  a safe, and secure platform to resell tickets to other fans at face value for matches www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

The 2019 Japan RWC - The Numbers (Highlights)
12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south
48 matches
130,000 tickets sold via Official Travel Agents
400,000 international visitors
1.8 million attendance
5.5 million tickets applied for to date


Cautionary note:
Buy tickets and hospitality packages only from bona fides organizations. Be wary of deals that sound too good to be true.