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Fans warned of beer shortage at Rugby World Cup in Japan

More than 400,000 fans are expected to visit the country. Credit: PA

Rugby fans heading to Japan for the World Cup have been warned there could be a beer shortage.

The organising committee of the 2019 World Cup is calling on businesses in host cities to get enough beer in preparation for the arrival of fans, Japan's JIJI Press has reported.

The event is expected to see more than 400,000 people from abroad visit the country for the event which runs from September to November.

million litres of beer consumed during 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
1.3 million litres of beer was consumed at the game venues alone during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Credit: PA Images

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, 1.9 million litres of beer was consumed and organisers are worried that many restaurants and bars will run out of supplies.

Wales' opening game of the tournament will be against Georgia on September 23 at the City of Toyota Stadium.