Can rugby help revive a tsunami-devastated town? Residents of Kamaishi in northern Japan are partially pinning their hopes for economic revival following the earthquake and tsunami seven years ago on rugby, specifically the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Japan is scheduled to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with the first games beginning almost exactly a year from now, on Sept. 30, 2019, in a match pitting Russia and Japan. It is to be played at 12 locations throughout Japan. With a population of just 35,000, Kamaishi may be the smallest city to sponsor such an important international sporting event.

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