A new professional league is needed to activate rugby Mr. Katsuyuki Kiyomiya November 5th 13:09
Vice Chairman Katsuyuki Kiyomiya of the Japan Rugby Association gave a lecture in Tokyo, stressing the need to create a new professional league to connect the excitement of the World Cup to the revitalization of domestic rugby.
At the Rugby World Cup Japan tournament, which closed on the 2nd of this month, a total of over 1.7 million people watched at the game venue, and the “Fan Zone” where “public viewing” can be enjoyed, a record number of 1.13 million people gathered. It was exciting.
On the 5th, Vice Chairman Kiyomiya of the Japan Rugby Association gave a lecture at a meeting held in Tokyo and said, “I want to hold the World Cup in Japan soon and raise the championship and vision” did.
On top of that, he said, “We need to shape the future of Japan that was excited by the World Cup. It is time to succeed in professionalization,” and realized a new professional league to connect the excitement of the tournament to the revitalization of domestic rugby. Stressed the need to
Vice Chairman Kiyomiya has revealed his plan to open the new professional league in the fall of 2021, saying, “I want to start with about 8 teams. 4 to 6 teams in the top league want to have a professional team. There are about two. "
There is also a cautious opinion about the creation of the professional league, and the Japan Association will discuss it at the board meeting in mid-month.