Japan to take on Wales in Cardiff


Japan will take on Wales in Cardiff in November, their first meeting since the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed on Monday.

Japan has been added to the Under Armour Series 2016 which will see Wales play autumn fixtures against Australia, Argentina and South Africa.

The game will take place at the Principality Stadium on Nov. 19.

“The Under Armour Series will be about testing ourselves against the best sides in the world, and with Japan now completing the fixture line-up for 2016, we have four teams from World Rugby’s top 10 coming to the Principality Stadium in November,” said Gatland.

Japan pulled off the greatest upset in World Cup history last September when it beat South Africa 34-32 in Brighton, but failed to make the quarterfinal stage despite also recording victories over Samoa and the United States.

Coach Eddie Jones has since moved on to take charge of England but the team has moved into the top 10 of the International Rugby Board rankings.

Japan has conceded more than 50 points in its four previous test matches at Cardiff and lost 72-18 on its last visit at the 2007 World Cup.

But it beat Wales for the first time in its history when the two nations last met, 23-8 at Tokyo in June 2013.