Japan v Wales

It’s an historic event as the hosts of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 will look for their first victory over a major rugby country as Japan hosts a depleted Welsh side.


Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Yoshikazu Fujita, 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Takashi Kikutani (captain), 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Shoji Ito, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 20 Ryuta Yasui, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Hirotoki Onozawa

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Dafydd Howells, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Ryan Bevington, 7 Emyr Phillips, 6 Scott Andrews, 5 Bradley Davies (captain), 4 Lou Reed, 3 Andrew Coombs, 2 James King, 1 Rob McCusker.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Andries Pretorius, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Tom Prydie.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Venue: Kintetsu Hanazono Stadium, Osaka
Kick-off: 14.00 (06.00 UK time; 05.00 GMT)
Expected weather: There will be plenty of cloud around, but no chance of rain. Hot an humid with a high of 28°C and a low of 15°C
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Greg Garner (England), TBC (Japan)

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    June 8, 2013 at 6:06 am

    My condolences to whoever gets stuck in a saloon with this on the tv.

    Should be a sentence meted out by a creative judge for shoplifting or some other petty crime.

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    June 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I am enjoying this game :wave:
    Japan play some good rugby under Eddie Jones :applause:

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    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 7:48 am: Must agree, are they getting bigger?

  4. DavidS


    June 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    22-18 win for wales


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