Hosting their first World Cup, Japan made history by reaching the last eight
Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
At the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Japan pulled off the greatest upset in history, defeating South Africa 34-32 in Brighton. They couldn’t do it again in the quarter-finals this time but they certainly captured a lot of hearts and minds.
How They Qualified
As hosts of the 2019 tournament, Japan qualified automatically.
Talismanic skipper Michael Leitch has been through the trenches for Japan. Fumiaki Tanaka brings bags of experience at nine and Kazuki Himeno is an exciting talent in the back five of the scrum.
The Coach – Jamie Joseph
The former All Blacks flanker also played for Japan (it was a different time). He led the Highlanders to their first-ever Super Rugby title in 2014.
Japan played a solid game against Russia but they need to ensure they don’t physically wilt against tougher opposition throughout the rest of the pool stage.
Japan Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
- Saturday 27 July 2019: Japan 34-21 Fiji
- Saturday 3 August 2019: Japan 41-7 Tonga
- Saturday 10 August 2019: USA 20-34 Japan
- Friday 6 September 2019: Japan 7-41 South Africa
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
Japan Rugby World Cup Group
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Group
Japan Rugby World Cup Kit
Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures
- Fri 20 Sep Japan 30-10 Russia (Tokyo) Match report
- Sat 28 Sep Japan 19-12 Ireland (Shizuoka) Match report
- Sat 5 Oct Japan 38-19 Samoa (Toyota) Match Report
- Sun 13 Oct Japan 28-21 Scotland (Yokohama) Match Report
- Sun 20 Oct QF4 Japan 3-26 South Africa (Tokyo) Match Report
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Japan Rugby World Cup Squad
Japan have named their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad for the tournament;
Asaeli Ai Valu
Wimpie van der Walt
Michael Leitch (captain)
Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures
Previous World Cup Results and Record
Japan’s Rugby World Cup Record: P33 W8 D2 L23
- 1987 Pool stages
- 1991 Pool stages
- 1995 Pool stages
- 1999 Pool stages
- 2003 Pool stages
- 2007 Pool stages
- 2011 Pool stages
- 2015 Pool stages
- 2019 Quarter-finals
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