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Countdown on: RWC 2019 is rugby's coming of age

In exactly a year's time, World Rugby can say it has grown up. This time next year Japan will turn on one of the great Rugby World Cups, albeit eight years later than it should have, Greg Growden writes.

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Way-too-early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019

With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, our writers take a look through each of the pools and decide where it will all be won and lost in 2019.

What to expect of Japan as host nation for Rugby World Cup 2019

With Asia's first Rugby World Cup on the horizon, the 12 host cities are preparing themselves for an estimated 400,000 visiting fans from across the world.

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