Japanese star records 2019 Rugby World Cup anthem World in Union

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Less than a year before the 2019 Rugby World Cup â„¢ kicks off in Japan, tournament organizers announced Japanese artist Kiyoe Yoshioka’s version of World in Union as the tournament’s official anthem.

Less than a year before the 2019 Rugby World Cup â„¢ kicks off in Japan, tournament organizers announced Japanese artist Kiyoe Yoshioka’s version of World in Union as the tournament’s official anthem.

Singer of the pop-rock group Ikimono-gakari, Kiyoe is very popular across Japan. His version of World in Union, with its message of global unity and friendship, is synonymous with the world rugby centerpiece and is expected to be a hit among Japanese rugby fans and Kiyoe’s loyal fan base across the country. Japan.

At the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England, world famous soprano Kiri Te Kanawa first performed World in Union at a Rugby World Cup. Since then, the song has featured with every addition to the tournament and is typically performed by a well-known artist or band from the tournament’s host country. It has been sung in a variety of musical styles, from classical opera to the traditional South African male vocal ensemble, and recorded in many languages ​​including English, French, Welsh, Maori and Japanese.

Kiyoe Yoshioka said, “As a Japanese artist, it is a great honor to perform the official theme song for the inaugural Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan and Asia. World in Union is such a powerful and inspiring song and I really enjoyed working with the music and the lyrics, giving them what I hope is a unique Japanese interpretation. I am now looking forward to the start of the tournament. World in Union captures the spirit of friendship and global respect that embodies rugby. I am happy to be able to help spread this wonderful message across Japan and around the world.

World Rugby President Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby is delighted to welcome Kiyoe Yoshioka to a very special group of artists who performed World in Union as the official Rugby World Cup theme song. Having such a recognizable and respected Japanese artist will ensure that the song’s positive message of uniting the world in a spirit of fair play, friendship and respect resonates across Japan and around the world.

Kiyoe Yoshioka’s version of World in Union will be the eighth consecutive time the song has been performed as the official Rugby World Cup theme song since 1991. Although it was officially launched and available for international download on October 24, 2018, fans can listen to the song as part of an official Rugby World Cup 2019 promotional video released today.

With 48 matches played in 12 host cities stretching from the northern island of Hokkaido to the southern island of Kyushu, visiting fans will be able to experience the incredible regional diversity that Japan has to offer while being a part of the premier rugby tournament in the world.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OF THE 2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP >>

The last opportunity to buy tickets is currently open with the general public raffle until November 12, 2018. With unprecedented demand so far, fans are encouraged to use the traffic light indicator on the Rugby World Cup ticketing site that clearly indicates the level of ticket demand for each match. By choosing green or orange matches, fans have a much better chance of being a part of what is shaping up to be a truly unique event. For more information on Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets, visit tickets.rugbyworldcup.com

Fans will be able to register and donate to the ChildFund Pass It Back program. In partnership with World Rugby’s Impact Beyond program, Pass It Back inspires positive social change by delivering an integrated life skills and non-contact rugby program, educating children and youth in the areas of leadership, problem solving, gender equality, conflict resolution and preparation for life. For more details, visit www.childfundpassitback.org.

With such exceptional ticket demand, fans are encouraged to buy exclusively from official channels to avoid disappointment. For more details visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/buy-official


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