The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan from 20 September, when Japan takes on Russia at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo until the final on 2 November at the International Stadium, Yokohama.
To coincide with the 2019 Rugby World Cup the University of Queensland Rugby Football Club (UQRFC) will send three teams to Japan to play against three Japanese universities, between 16 September and 2 October.
The touring party of 56 travellers will comprise two men’s teams, a ladies 7s team and managerial personnel.
The teams from UQRFC are scheduled to play against the following Japanese universities:
19 September – a combined universities team from Hokkaido (including Hokkaido University) in Sapporo
24 September – Keio University in Tokyo
28 September – Toyo University in Saitama
The Games in Saitama are the result of an initiative by the AJS-Q and representatives from the Saitama Prefectural Government to highlight the 35th anniversary of the Queensland Saitama Sister State Relationship.
Formal celebrations to commemorate the 35th Sister State anniversary will take place in mid October when the Governor of Saitama heads a trade mission to Queensland.
The UQ tour follows the UQRFC Premier Grade’s recent win in the Brisbane Premier Grade competition.
The tour will be led by the following UQRFC members:
Men’s Captain – Jack de Guingand
Women’s Captain – Alex Fern
Head Coach – Stuart Hubbert
Manager – Georgia Franklin
While on tour the UQRFC teams will take time out to support Australia during the RWC and will be at two games – Australia -v Fiji in Sapporo on 21 September and Australia -v Wales in Tokyo on 29 September.
Attached is a photo of the UQRFC touring group from the 2015 RWC when they played Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK.
The AJS-Q wishes the UQRFC teams all the very best for their tour of Japan.
Thank you to Andrew Hay, Immediate Past President AJS-Q and Committee Member UQRFC, for this article.