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Japan will host the 2011 Pacific Nations Cup in Tokyo next July, the International Rugby Board said Thursday.

Japan, which will stage the 2019 Rugby World Cup, play defending champions Samoa, Fiji and Tonga in the six-match tournament to be held at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground.

The tournament will also serve as an important warmup for Japan for the World Cup being held in September and October in New Zealand.

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