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TOKYO: With a lit­tle un­der 500 days to go un­til the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Alan Gilpin be­lieves Ja­pan – the first na­tion out­side of rugby’s tra­di­tional heart­land to host the event – is right on track to stage a “great” event.

In au­tumn last year, Gilpin ex­pressed ner­vous­ness at the chal­lenges that still lay ahead for or­gan­is­ers, yet he now be­lieves huge strides have been taken to­wards host­ing a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment.

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