why was the France-Japan rugby match postponed?

Spectators were notified this Tuesday, September 20 by email. the kick off of the France-Japan matchwhich is played on Sunday November 20 at the Stadium of Toulouse as part of the autumn rugby tour 2022was brought forward a few hours due to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

World Cup 2022 opener brought forward to November 20

The French Rugby Federation in agreement with the Japanese Rugby Federation and World Rugby have decided to bring forward the kick-off time of the match between the XV of France and Japan to Sunday November 20 at 2 p.m. instead of 4:15 p.m. initially planned”, indicate the organizers in a letter.

A decision taken “following FIFA’s decision regarding theprogress of the opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m. (5 p.m., French time)”, it is then specified.

Indeed, last August, FIFA announced that it would have brought forward the start of the competition by one day so that the Qatar team could ensure the opening match against Ecuador. In this way, this World Cup 2022 is no exception to the implicit rule that since 2006 requires the host country to start the competition itself.

“Allow all sports fans to be able to enjoy these two events”

Initially, the kick off world cup 2022 opening match was scheduled for Monday, November 21 at 11 a.m. He was due to take on the Netherlands in Senegal, before Qatar meet Ecuador at 5pm. Rather than shake up the tournament schedule, the international federation has therefore decided to bring the start forward.

A new timetable which would thus have encroached on the match XV of France – Japan. By advancing the kick-off in turn, the rugby institutions wish to “allow all sports fans to be able to take advantage of these two international meetings”. No doubt, the day of November 20, 2022 will definitely be marked by sport.

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