Decisive Asian Qualifier for RWC 2015 to be Streamed Live

-Japan host Hong Kong in Tokyo

-Asia 1 place up for grabs while runners-up go into repechage

-Match live on rugbyworldcup.com (kick-off 17:00 Tokyo time)

The winner-take-all Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier between Japan and Hong Kong in Tokyo this Sunday will be streamed live and free on www.rugbyworldcup.com.

South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and USA are waiting to see who will join them in Pool B with the opening game for the Springboks being against the Asia 1 qualifier in Brighton on September 19.

And with millions of Japanese sports fans glued to the television broadcast via J Sports, supporters throughout the rest of the world will be able to tune in via the live stream.

Heading into the final round of the Asian 5 Nations Top 5 2014, the Brave Blossoms and Hong Kong are deadlocked on three wins apiece. Japan has the slenderest of leads courtesy of a superior points difference but the simple scenario is that whichever team wins on Sunday will qualify as Asia 1 for Rugby World Cup 2015.

So not only fans of Japan, Hong Kong or those teams in Pool B will be interested in watching the live stream on www.rugbyworldcup.com but also supporters of those teams in Pool D who will play against the winner of the global repechage, in which the runners-up from Asia will participate.

Head of Rugby World Cup and the Tournament Director, Alan Gilpin, who is in Tokyo for the match, said: "In Asia, we are really down to the business end of the qualification process. Japan and Hong Kong have proved this year that they are the best in the Asian 5 Nations so it has come down to this winner-take-all affair. It’s like an all-Asia final."

"But who will get the opportunity to take on the 1995 and 2007 champions in Brighton on September 19? We will only know this on Sunday. Japan will be favourites but with such a big prize at stake, I have no doubt Hong Kong will be relishing the opportunity to make history."

"Making sure the match is streamed live and free around the world is important for the continued development of world Rugby. We must take every opportunity to promote the sport and inform people that there is a good standard of Rugby going on in many different locations around the globe. With Japan having been selected to host Rugby World Cup 2019, it is important to highlight the excellent strides made in the Asia region in recent times."

Full reaction will appear on www.rugbyworldcup.com and via @rugbyworldcup

Further information:

James Fitzgerald, IRB Media Manager, +353-861-723-570, email james.fitzgerald@irb.com

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