Japan have announced four test matches for 2017, among them a first home meetings against Australia in November.
Fellow tier two nation Romania will take on the Brave Blossoms in Japan on June 10, before they face two clashes against Ireland on June 17 and 24. Japan have will look to build on an impressive record against Romania, a side against whom they have won four of their five tests.
One of those tests will be played at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo, we believe. Ajinomoto Stadium, which hosted Japan’s second test against Scotland in June 2016, is unlikely to be used due to match taking place half-way through the domestic football season, with FC Tokyo and Tokyo Verdy sharing the stadium.
The Wallabies will then visit Japan for a test on November 4, with a venue yet to be decided. Further tests against a tier two nation will be announced later in the new year.