19/09/2019 1:25:00 p.m.
20 September 2019
Journalist from Beppu visits Rotorua ahead of Rugby World Cup 20
Rotorua’s sister city in Japan, Beppu, has been hosting the All Blacks’ training camp ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup 2019 today.
Rotorua and Beppu have a lot in common, including hot springs, international tourism, and a love for rugby. Beppu is located on the southern island of Kyushu in Japan and its relationship with Rotorua has been going for over 30 years.
Journalist Masahiko Tajiri and a crew from the Beppu region recently came to Rotorua to interview the Mayor and Crispian Stewart, Operations Manager for the Rotorua International Stadium and Sportsdrome.
Masahiko spoke to Crispian about his experiences hosting games during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and his 2016 trip to Beppu, where he advised the Beppu council ahead of their Rugby World Cup this year.
It was during his 2016 trip that Crispian had the idea to decorate their statue of the late Beppu leader Kumahachi Aburaya in rugby gear. Looks like they took note!
The Rugby World Cup starts today. Go the All Blacks!