A taste of Japan for powerful All Blacks

Sports | 18 May 2017

The All Blacks will travel to Japan next year to play the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts in a Test match aimed at boosting interest in the tournament.

Steve Hansen's side will meet the Brave Blossoms at a yet-to-be-decided venue on November 3 before going to Europe for an end-of-season tour.

Japan coach Jamie Joseph said his side will stick to their own style against the All Blacks. They have been drawn with Ireland and Scotland for the pool stage of the World Cup.

"We can't play the same way as the All Blacks or the Wallabies or the Irish, we have to play our own brand of rugby that is going to be successful," he added.

The two sides have met five times, although the first two games in Japan in 1987 were not accorded Test status. Their first official Test was at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, where the All Blacks won 145-17. The All Blacks also beat Japan 83-7 at their home World Cup in 2011.


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