Rugby players with tattoos are being asked to cover up during next year's World Cup in Japan. The by the sport's governing World Rugby is to avoid offending people in Japan. It is of a taboo in Japan to be seen in public with a tattoo. Tattoos are usually associated with the yakuza crime gangs, for whom tattoos are a of great pride. Many swimming pools, gyms, bath houses and onsen in Japan ban people with tattoos from using their . However, in 2016, Japan's tourism asked onsen to relax their rules. It said tourists had tattoos for very reasons. The agency suggested giving stickers to cover their tattoos.
The Rugby World Cup director Alan Gilpin said all the teams understood the cultural in Japan regarding tattoos. He said: "When we raised it with the teams a year or so , we were probably expecting a frustrated from them, but there hasn't been at all." He added that the players want to respect Japanese . He said the wearing of a vest used for watersports would be a of "self-policing" among the players. The All Blacks rugby team from New Zealand has confirmed that its will comply with the request. It said: "We endeavor to be of the local customs and culture, and this will be different when we visit Japan."