Visit Cardiff have put together a list of top-tips to get yo into the rugby spirit, as well as a list of places where you can watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cardiff, Wales.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November. This is the first time the tournament will be held in Asia, and although this is an exciting prospect for the sport, the tournament will be held outside the traditional heartland of rugby union which could make it difficult for fans in the UK to experience the excitement of the Rugby World Cup due to the time zone difference. Luckily we have a range of tips to help you enjoy the tournament, right here in Cardiff.


5 top tips for getting into the Rugby World Cup 2019 spirit.


1. Throwback to the 2015 Rugby world Cup

What better way to get into the spirit of the Rugby World Cup than by reminiscing of the time that Cardiff hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2015?

The atmosphere in the Stadium and on the streets was electrifying.


So was the atmosphere in the Fan Zone at Cardiff Arms Park.


And who could forget the ball-in-the-wall at Cardiff Castle?

2. Visit a Japanese restaurant in Cardiff

You may not be able to visit Japan for the Rugby World Cup, but you can always soak up some Japanese culture at home and pretend. Visit a Japanese restaurant in Cardiff to fully embrace this year’s tournament.

Here are our top 5 recommendations.

  1. Yakitori 1
  2. The Ichiban Sushi and Noodle Bar Japanese Restaurant
  3. Tenkaichi Sushi and Noodle Bar
  4. Sushi Life
  5. Yo! Sushi


3. Get patriotic and shop for merchandise

It’s not a match day in Cardiff unless you see dragons, daffodils, sheep, flags and some silly hats. We don’t see why it should be any different now that the tournament is taking place in Japan. There are plenty of places in Cardiff city centre to purchase rugby merchandise, Welsh flags, and silly giant blow-up daffodils.

Here are our top 5 recommendations.

  1. Cardiff Castle Gift Shop
  2. WRU Shop Cardiff
  3. Castle Welsh Crafts
  4. Shop Wales
  5. Cardiff Market


4. Make sure you don’t miss any news.

There are a number of ways you can do this. One way to keep up with the Welsh squad is to follow the WRU Twitter and Facebook accounts. The best way to keep up to date with all the RWC news is by downloading the Official Rugby World Cup 2019 app.


5. Drink the Welsh Rugby World Cup beer

Carmarthenshire’s award winning brewer, Evan Evans, has kicked off its support for Wales’ Rugby World Cup campaign with the launch of a brand new Go Reds Beer. The dark amber premium beer has been especially brewed for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.



Where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cardiff

Here are some of the best places to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cardiff

Depot Fanhub

Pontcanna Inn

Brewhouse & Kitchen


The Beverly Hotel