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Wallabies lock in Japan fixture as part of their Spring Tour

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17th September, 2021
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Rugby Australia has confirmed the Wallabies will take on Japan in Japan next month en route to the United Kingdom for the traditional Spring Tour.

The match will take place in Oita on Saturday October 23.

It will be a big few weeks for the Brave Blossoms who will also take on Ireland.

The Wallabies-Japan game will be the first time the two sides have met since 2017 when the Wallabies trounced Japan 63-30.

“We’re really looking forward to squaring off against Japan. They showed everyone at the World Cup in 2019 that they are a top nation and can match it with the best,” Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said.

“It’s been a really big year already for our squad with some starting back in February for Super Rugby AU so we will have to continue to manage the lads over the next month or two and into the Spring Tour in the UK,” Rennie said.

“The opportunity to play a test match on home soil, against a team the quality of Australia, is a hugely important moment for us to reconnect with our fans and the wider Japanese public, following the success of the 2019 World Cup,” Japan coach Jamie Joseph said.

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“The Wallabies are a strong team, with quality players throughout their squad, like Japan, they look to play an exciting brand of fast, attacking, running rugby. The match will be a great opportunity for us to play our style of rugby against a side that brings something different to the test matches we have played in recent years. Both Japan and Australia will be heading onto Europe following the match, so both teams we will be looking to make the best possible start to their upcoming tours.”

The Wallabies will travel from Oita to Edinburgh for their Test against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday 7 November before matches against England and Wales to close out the year.

2021 Spring Tour (all times AEDT)

Japan v Wallabies at Oita Stadium, Oita – Saturday 23 October – 2:45pm
Scotland v Wallabies at Murrayfield, Edinburgh – Sunday 7 November – 1:15am
England v Wallabies at Twickenham, London – 13 November – 4:30am
Wales v Wallabies at Principality Stadium – Saturday 20 November – 4:30am

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