Rugby players with tattoos will cover up during next year's World Cup in Japan. The sport's body World Rugby wants to avoid people in Japan, where tattoos are a in public. Tattoos are associated with yakuza gangs in Japan. Many swimming pools, gyms, bath houses and onsen in Japan ban people with tattoos from entering. However, in 2016, Japan's tourism asked onsen and gyms to relax their because tourists had tattoos for different . The agency suggested giving tourists to cover the tattoos.
The Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin said the teams understood the cultural about tattoos. He said: "When we raised it with the ...we were probably expecting a frustrated from them, but there hasn't been." He said the players want to respect Japanese . Players will wear a used for watersports as a of "self-policing". The All Blacks team from New Zealand said its players will comply with the . It said: "We endeavor to be respectful of the customs and culture, and this will be no when we visit Japan."