By V. Sivaji

Compared to soccer, badminton and hockey, rugby might not be the most popular sport among Malaysians.

But across the globe, fans are counting down for the Rugby World Cup 2019 to be held in Japan from September 20 to November 2, top teams are gearing up for the tournament.

This is the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup and is the first time the tournament is to be held in Asia and outside the traditional heartland of rugby union.

Among the 20 nations taking part in the finals are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand, Russia, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga, Uruguay, USA and Wales. Cities include Tokyo, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Yokohama, Hanazono, Kumagaya and Kobe.

New Zealand defending champions and the opening match will see Japan taking on vs Russia on Sept 20 at the Tokyo Stadium.

What’s your Favourite Drink? Drinks at the Zeta Bar

In Malaysia, an international hotel chain has taken the initiative to showcase the live games with special promotions of drinks and food for enthusiasts.

The Hilton hotels in Malaysia starting with its property, the Double Tree By Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s Cellar Door will offer snacks from RM30.00 to RM33.00 while Heineken beer and Guiness Stout is at RM115 per bucket and Anchor Beer bucket is at RM70 per bucket while Tiger Beer Tower is at RM138. Two Tiger beer pints is also available at RM60. For reservations, call +603 2172 7272 or email [email protected]

Meanwhile, the Zeta Bar at Hilton Kuala Lumpur will offer guests the opening ceremony promotion from 5pm to 6:45pm at RM15 nett for Tiger, Guinness & Heineken pint. During live matches, they prices are RM20 nett tiger pint, RM30 nett Heineken Beer & Guiness Stout pint.

Rugby promotion at Hilton hotels

The stylish Zeta Bar is a favoured choice for night owls, boasting of cool vibes and snazzy tunes, perfect for those in a mood for great music and a vibrant club scene with excellent music picks. This September, the bar with feel-good vibes will be offering several themed promotions to ensure that your night out is all things fun.

Zeta Bar has something for everyone. On Thursdays, the true-blue and soul fans are in for a treat as hip-hop whizz music and dance hall beats keep the patrons grooving all night. Get ready for a night of euphoria as Zeta Bar brings you the best in hip-hop and R&B beats by DJ Disk Lappy. Party-lovers enjoy 10% discount on liquor by-the-bottle purchases.
For reservations, call +60 3 2264 2264 or email [email protected]

Over at the Club Bar, Hilton Kota Kinabalu, the Rugby World Cup 2019 promotion starts with the Combo Draught Beer from RM55, 1-on-1 Deals from RM55, 2 bottles deal from RM650, 2 + 1 House wine from RM72.

“We hope to make it a celebration one will remember by cheering on your favourite team with your family and friends, while enjoying the great beer deals by Hilton hotels in Malaysia,” said a press statement.