Japan rugby body targets quarterfinal appearance at 2019 World Cup, medals at 2020 Olympics
Japan Times -- Apr 20
The Japan Rugby Football Union on Wednesday targeted at least a berth in the last eight of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and medals in both men's and women's sevens at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Its new strategic plan was an upward revision of the previous 2010 version, which only aimed at reaching the last eight at the 2019 World Cup and had no mention of Olympic targets.

Japan in 2015 became the first team not to make it out of the World Cup pool stage despite three wins, while the men’s sevens reached the semifinals at last summer’s Rio Games.

The JRFU also set a target of 1.5 million in annual attendance for Top-League and Super Rugby by 2020. The figure was 924,000 this past fiscal year but the governing body set the lofty figure as it seeks to expand the domestic fan base.

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