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The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority, this prudent decision ...was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. (It) ...is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
I don't know what nations specifically. What I can tell you is that it's self-preservation, they look at emerging nations in 10 years' time and carrying on [ to grow ] because of the sizes of the countries [... ] That sometimes gives other teams a bit of a self-preservation attitude. Again, that's politics and that's something that has to be resolved by World Rugby.
World Rugby is extremely disappointed by today's announcement that The National Stadium will not be ready to host Rugby World Cup 2019 matches despite repeated assurances to contrary from the Japan World Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and Japan Sports Council, the National Stadium was a compelling and important pillar of Japan's successful bid to host Rugby World Cup 2019, which was awarded to the Japan Rugby Football Union in 2009.
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