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September 2019

Rugby World Cup 2019

20 September - 2 November
Japan
Photo of Rugby World Cup mascots for Rugby World Cup outreach By 江戸村のとくぞう - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66760583

Remember 2011? The flags, the fans from all over the world, the giant rugby ball, the injured goal-kickers, and finally the victory we had waited so long for. A fledging Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand lead Rugby World Cup outreach through a programme called Engage. Engage connected churches with the tournament. Churches provided team chaplains, family hosting, and an army of tournament volunteers. They also ran rugby-themed programmes in their communities. The success of this programme lead…

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