Japan head coach Jamie Joseph today announced his 33-man squad for June tests against Romania and Ireland. Michael Leitch returns to the team for the first time since the 2015 RWC, having opted to sit out of the 2016 Brave Blossoms fixtures, while Hendrik Tui is also named in the squad by Joseph.
Japan play host to Romania in Fukuoka on June 10th, before facing two tests against Ireland in Shizuoka and Tokyo in the following weeks.
Derek Carpenter, who has qualified to represent to Japan through residency, earns his first call-up to the Brave Blossoms team. There also first inclusions for William Tupou, Canon and Sunwolves front-row Yusuke Niwai and Suntory's Shota Emi.
Japan will assemble in Fukuoka for a week's training prior to the Romania test, before training at Shizuoka's Ecopa Stadium and then Tokyo for a week each.