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The first ever Rugby World Cup on Asian soil kicks off later this month, where over the course of seven weeks in Japan, the world’s 20 finest rugby nations will go head-to-head to battle it out for the sport’s ultimate prize — The Webb Ellis Cup.

The favorites for the tournament are the mighty New Zealand, who will be hoping to take home the coveted trophy for a third consecutive time, having emerged victorious in both 2011 and 2015.

But Kiwi captain Kieran Read and his team will face stiff competition as the rest of the world try desperately to strip them of their crown in what is set to be the most hotly contested World Cup since its inception in 1987.

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“All eyes should be on Japan 2019 as I believe it will be the most competitive Rugby World Cup that I’ve ever seen as a fan or player,” former Wales captain Sam Warburton told ITV.

Brian O’Driscoll, the Six Nations all-time top try scorer and three time Heineken Cup winner, agreed, saying: “For the first time ever, I genuinely feel we could have six or seven different winners, which makes it the most open RWC ever.”

Whether a rugby fanatic, or a first time viewer, there has never been a better time to turn your eyes to the world’s toughest sport.

When is the Rugby World Cup?

The tournament in Japan runs from September 20 to November 2 2019.

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