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Rugby World Cup

Win over Scotland boosts Japan's push to form pro rugby league

Twelve teams planned for 2021, tapping excitement over Brave Blossoms

Katsuyuki Kiyomiya, a vice president of the Japan Rugby Football Union aims to set up a dozen professional teams based in 12 cities across Japan and place a corporate league under the professional league. 

TOKYO -- When the Brave Blossoms beat Ireland 19-12 in the Rugby World Cup in late September, the Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka Prefecture exploded in euphoria. Once again, Japan was gripped by rugby fever.

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