The IRFU have confirmed the dares of Ireland’s summer tour of Japan in June 2017.
More specifically, they have passed on the confirmation of the Japanese RFU, that the first test will take place on Saturday 17th of June, with the second test taking place a week later.
Japan are to play Romania on June 10th in anticipation of facing Ireland, and Head Coach Jamie Joseph said that he was looking forward to three great, physical encounters:
“Romania will be a first experience for a lot of the players and staff come June 2017. None of the coaching staff and many of the players have yet to experience playing the Romanians who are renowned to be very physical opponents.
The match precedes 2 test matches v Ireland and will be 1 of 3 great test matches for the new Japan team.”
Japanese rugby has been on something of a high in recent times. Eddie Jones’ side shocked the world at the World Cup in 2015 with a 34-32 victory against the mighty South Africa. They nearly pulled off another great upset earlier this year, but a late Sam Davies drop-goal condemned them to a narrow 33-30 defeat against Wales at the Principality Stadium.
This will not be the first meeting between these two sides, but it will be a chance for Japan claw back some pride in what has been a one-sided history. In the five capped matches that Ireland and Japan have contested, the former have been successful in all of them – including a 78-9 crushing at Lansdowne Road in November 2000.
Venues for the two fixtures have not been confirmed yet, and will be announced in due course.
Dates for Ireland’s Summer Tour of Japan:
Japan v IRELAND, Saturday 17th June, 2017
Japan v IRELAND, Saturday 24th June, 2017