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Kubota Spears Funabashi Tokyo Bay and the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights will face off at Tokyo’s National Stadium on Jan. 7 in the first regular-season match of Japan’s newly formed professional rugby union competition, the league revealed Monday.

The inaugural round of the new Japan Rugby League One season will also feature three matches on Jan. 8, including Tokyo Sungoliath against Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo, and a further two games on Jan. 9.

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