The Brave Blossoms of Japan have added five home games to their schedule in preparation for the Rugby World Cup, which starts on September 8 in France.
The All Blacks XV, New Zealand’s second team, will play against the men’s national team twice: on July 8 at Tokyo’s Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground and again a week later at Kumamoto’s Egao Kenko Stadium, according to the Japan Rugby World Cup Live streaming.
Following that, the Brave Blossoms, led by former All Black Jamie Joseph, will play Samoa on July 22 at Sapporo Dome, Tonga on July 29 at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka, and Fiji on August 5 at an unspecified location.
According to the JRFU website, Joseph stated that “the confirmation of these five home matches is enormously thrilling for both the team and our fans in Japan.”
They will play a significant role in our World Cup preparation, offering four different and difficult opponents who, along with Italy, will provide us with a level of competitiveness that closely resembles the intensity and caliber of the challenge we will encounter in France.
Samoa and Japan are paired together in World Cup Pool D.
At the conclusion of the domestic League One season in June, Japan will begin its comprehensive World Cup preparations. On August 26, the team will travel to Italy for a test match.
Without the amount of preparation it had for the previous two competitions, Japan will travel to the Rugby World Cup in France in six months, and Jamie Joseph’s team is well aware that each player has a tremendous burden.
The Brave Blossoms, who will not have the extended camps that preceded the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, nor the Joseph-coached Super Rugby side Sunwolves serving as a training outlet, as it did four years ago, will likely need to defeat rugby heavyweights England or Argentina to advance to the knockout phase.
On a weekend in February with no League One games, Joseph summoned up his potential core players for a two-day trip to Tokyo and made it obvious that he would not select them.
On a weekend in February with no League One games, Joseph called up his potential core players for a two-day trip to Tokyo, making it clear that he would not select them if they couldn’t make the necessary changes.
Prior to his next squad announcement in June, which will follow the conclusion of the League One season on May 20, Joseph gave the players goals in all facets of the game and urged them to keep aiming for the highest standards possible.
Atsushi Sakate, a hooker with the Saitama Wild Knights, who took over for Michael Leitch as captain of the national squad last year, declared that the World Cup had officially begun. All Blacks fixtures