Japan goes into Saturday’s HSBC Asian 5 Nations clash with South Korea on the back of an eight-game winning streak against its archrival.
A 19-19 draw in May 2004 was the last time Japan failed to beat the Koreans and its last loss came in November 2002.
Even so, Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones said Friday that history counted for nothing when the two rivals come face-to-face on the rugby field.
“When you play Korea, it’s always physical,” he said following the captain’s run at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.
“We’re expecting them to be very tough and very physical. We will need to be patient, work hard and control the ball and hopefully in the last 20 minutes we can play our rugby.”