Japanese fans cheer their favourite teams during the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama. Photo: Reuters
Tim Noonan
Opinion

Opinion

In the scrum by Tim Noonan

Japan 2019 officially kicked into touch, now it’s off to France for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

  • Only time will tell if lessons learned from experience with first tier two host Japan will aid growth of rugby globally

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Japanese fans cheer their favourite teams during the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama. Photo: Reuters
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Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.