Win the Official Review of Japan 2019
The 2019 Rugby World Cup has been lauded by many as the “greatest ever” and if you measure success by statistics then it’s hard to dispute that claim. A 99.3% attendance figure at the grounds, 1.13m people visiting the fan zones, 1.7b digital video views – all are records. So, too, should it materialise, the expected operational profit for World Rugby of £165m.
But as World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont rightly acknowledged, the “warmth and passion of the Japanese people” was fundamental to that success and The Official Review 2019 attempts to reflect that. Available on DVD and Digital Download, the 143-minute tournament summary has two sections: a 48-minute overview and extended highlights.
Watch the trailer below for a taste of what to expect…
The first section is split into chapter headings such as unity, respect and bravery, and by way of a striking introduction, each word is daubed in Japanese on a canvas by a woman wielding a giant paintbrush.
Thus the aim is to show some of the values that rugby instils and this is reinforced by off-field stories, none more poignant than the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Kamaishi in 2011 and prompted World Rugby to allocate two RWC 2019 matches there.
Other vignettes include the All Blacks visiting a shrine and a look at sumo wrestling, a sport similar to rugby in its “clashing of souls”. Snippets of player interviews, from Leitch to Laidlaw, May to Mo’unga, abound and the coaches have their say too.
“It’s something new to us the way you respect the opposition and your own players,” Rassie Erasmus, head coach of the victorious Springboks, tells the Japanese media. “We would like to congratulate you, it’s a great honour to be part of this.”
That embracing of all teams and nationalities by the Japanese people was thunderously uplifting and off the field it’s impossible to think any other Rugby World Cup has come close to Japan 2019, the first such event to be staged outside the traditional rugby heartlands.
On the field is far more debatable, with the number of handling errors due to the high humidity and the three cancelled matches obvious negatives. If Japan’s rugby, in particular, lit up the tournament, the quality and ambition of the Wales-South Africa semi-final was the other end of the spectrum.
Springbok lock RG Snyman says on the review: “The most important thing about rugby is being physical and building momentum and being on the front foot. Some people might call it boring but at the end of the day it’s worked for us.”
The extended highlights take you through each of the pools and the knockout phase, although they are not comprehensive. For example, Pool C features footage from France-Argentina, England-Argentina and France-Tonga.
Tomas Lavanini’s red card against England is ignored but, jumping forward to France’s quarter-final, we see that Sébastien Vahaamahina’s dismissal against Wales is not. And quite right too because official reviews should not be blotting out match-turning moments, even if they don’t marry up to the values espoused on the same DVD.
Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 – The Official Review would enhance any Christmas stocking and it’s available now on DVD and Digital Download for £9.99. To purchase, click here.
We have six copies of the DVD to give away in a competition. For a chance to win one, look at the photo below and answer the question beneath it, filling in your details. The competition closes on Tuesday 31 December.
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