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Rugby World Cup economic boost projected

A new study has projected a record economic output for a Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, with the showpiece set to inject ¥216.6bn(€1.7bn/$2.1bn) into the Japanese economy.

With 12 cities hosting matches across the country, the rugby union tournament is set to attract up to 400,000 international fans, contributing up to ¥105.7bn in direct expenditure.

During the most recent edition of the Rugby World Cup in England three years ago, 406,000 visitors stayed for an average of 14 nights during the 44-day event, providing a positive economic impact of £2.3bn (€2.6bn/$3.2bn).

The study was undertaken by professional services firm EY on behalf of the local organising committee for the competition.

“Rugby World Cup 2019 represents an unprecedented economic opportunity for the whole of Japan with a wide range of opportunities across many sectors that will stretch beyond the 12 host cities,” Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee chief executive Akira Shimazu said.

“Through investment in infrastructure, supporting jobs or generating tourism revenue opportunities, this is a tournament that is on track to deliver a significant economic legacy for our nation.”

With many of the match venues and team camps enhancing facilities ahead of the tournament and host cities investing in transport links, the report estimates that about ¥40bn will be invested in the country’s infrastructure for the event.