8 9 Japan 10 Spain Australia
Spanish referee Alhambra Nievas (above), who took charge of the women’s gold medal match at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has retired from officiating and taken up a role as referee development manager with World Rugby. Fans who purchase tickets for Japan 2019 will be able to donate to the ChildFund Pass it Back programme, which teaches children across Asia to play tag rugby as well as life skills. Former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles (above) has taken on a part-time coaching role with the Australia men’s sevens team. Hoiles will focus on the contact area and breakdown work.