Sky Sports Rugby take a trip to the setting of Rugby World Cup 2019’s two semi-finals this weekend – International Stadium Yokohama – to learn more about the intriguing structure’s set-up, history and surroundings. England and Wales will contest their first World Cup semi-finals for 12 and eight years respectively against southern hemisphere powerhouses the All Blacks and Springboks this weekend, having yet to play at the stadium.Eddie Jones’ side were meant to face France there in their final Pool C Test, before the match made history as the first World Cup game ever to be cancelled, due to Typhoon Hagibis. New Zealand and South Africa have played here once already, against each other back on September 21 in the opening fixture of Pool B. As well as staging this weekend’s two semi-finals, Stadium Yokohama – the largest stadium in Japan – will also host the final of this World Cup on Saturday, November 2.Peeling back the layers of this enormous edifice, enclosed in grey concrete and raised several feet off the ground, there are some striking narratives…********************Departing Kozukue Station on foot, the differences in this expanse compared to Tokyo are stark and immediate.A mix of contemporary Japanese houses and… Read full this story
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