Warm welcome from host towns: Odawara recognised as the first AUS+RALLY partner
Host towns providing welcome training bases for the Australian national teams across Japan are gearing up for the Rugby World Cup starting in September and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
Odawara City in Kanagawa Prefecture will provide a training base for the two-times champion Wallabies for the Rugby World Cup 2019, and for the Australian Rugby Sevens teams ahead of the 2020 Olympics. When the Wallabies visited the city in October 2018, the city as a whole welcomed the team, hosting public ceremonies and school visits by the players.
Odawara keeps fostering the momentum for the Wallabies through public events such as a Rugby Festival in April 2019 and painting of a local “packer” truck with the Wallabies colour in June 2019.
On 12 June, 100 days to the opening of the Rugby World Cup, Mayor Mr Kenichi Kato visited the Embassy and received a certificate from Ambassador Richard Court AC, recognising Odawara as the first AUS+RALLY Friend of Australia. Friends of Australia will actively cross-promote their activities in collaboration with the Embassy. AUS+RALLY invites people across Japan to rally around the best of Australia.
See more details on the Wallabies activities and news from Odawara here: https://odawara-wallabies.jp/