Visually Impaired Rugby World Cup Japan
As the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan draws nearer, preparations are almost ready for the competing teams to lock horns in the Land of the Rising Sun. Alongside that tournament, three teams will compete in the first ever tri-series for Visually Impaired Rugby. Hosts Japan, will entertain teams from England and New Zealand in a tournament taking place in October, between the group stages and the quarter-finals of its more established cousin. The tournament is taking place as part of a series of events under the Rugby Matsuri Project, to give as many people as possible, across the country, access to rugby.
Training for the squad from England started in earnest back in May, and with the tournament just two months away, they are getting close to reaching peak performance now. TCF VI rugby ambassador, Ian McKinley, has joined the team for some of their training, providing some great insight and coaching which was very helpful and they were grateful for his continued support. Having been beaten at home by a Lions team in the first ever VI Rugby Internationals, New Zealand will be looking for revenge in this tournament, and hosts Japan will also be looking to impress in front of their home crowd.
Just 3 years since its inception, this sport has made huge strides forward and a World Cup tri-series is testament to the passion and commitment that all three countries have put into growing the sport. We can’t wait for it to start, and neither should you!
This tournament, and tour, would not be possible without the wonderful support of the following partners: Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, A&J Ryan Mechanical Services, Greater London Fund for the Blind, Sasakawa Foundation, and RNIB.
For more information about VI Rugby, please speak to Alex Bassan.