Ren and G are set to welcome me in Japan

Every major sporting event has to have a mascot, with football possibly being the most recognisable, however rugby is hitting back with the launch of Ren and G for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Even though I wasn’t born in 1966, I’m very familiar with the iconic World Cup Willie, the 12th man for the  1966 FIFA World Cup (which England won if you didn’t know).

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Then who could forget Pique from Mexico 1986…a tournament most famous for Hand of God and the introduction of the Mexican wave to every match around the world.

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Finally, in my top footie 3, has to be Ciao from 1986, the football stick figure…instantly recognisable.

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So…enter stage left is Ren and G, who have recently been unveiled as the 2019 Japan rugby world cup mascots.  They are mean to represent two mythical, lion-like creatures that are believed in ancient Japan to chase away evil and bring happiness.

Apparently Ren is the parent, and G is the child.

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Time will tell if they stick in the public’s imagination…let’s hope they help the rugby world cup get in the festive spirit!

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