Japan to Launch Rugby Council after World Cup Success

Politics Sports

Tokyo, Nov. 5 (Jiji Press)--Japanese sports minister Koichi Hagiuda announced Tuesday the establishment of a council for promoting rugby in Japan after the success of the Rugby World Cup in the country, which ended with the final match on Saturday.

The council will consider ways to increase the number of players and strengthen the national team's international competitiveness, Hagiuda told the press.

He added that the council, comprising the Japan Sports Agency, the Japan Rugby Football Union, the Japan Sport Council and the organizing committee of the Rugby World Cup, will have its first meeting before the end of the year at the earliest.

"We will proceed with the discussions while listening to the voices of players and other associated people, so that we can pass on the fruits of (this year's Rugby World Cup) tournament to the next generation," Hagiuda said.

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