All Blacks to play Japan for Challenge Cup in late October

All Blacks to play Japan for Challenge Cup in late October

The All Blacks will play Japan in Tokyo in past due October because the first healthy in their end-of-season northern tour.

New Zealand Rugby introduced the fixture on Friday, with the healthy to be performed on the National Stadium in Japan’s capital on October 29, with the brand new Challenge Cup at the line.

It can be the 7th time the All Blacks have performed the Brave Blossoms and the primary take a look at among the 2 nations due to the fact that they met in Tokyo in 2018, while New Zealand gained 69-31.

Following the healthy the All Blacks will head to the UK for checks in opposition to Wales, Scotland and England in November

New Zealand Rugby leader govt Mark Robinson said: “Rugby in Japan has grown its profile in latest years and that’s been meditated withinside the outcomes of the countrywide team, so the All Blacks will anticipate a hard take a look at in Tokyo.”

Japan are coached through New Zealander Jamie Joseph who defined the assertion as “top notch news’’ that might be welcomed through his team’s lovers in Japan and across the world.

“We’re very a good deal searching ahead to web website hosting the All Blacks in Tokyo and gambling in the front of our domestic lovers. We are excited to be now dealing with New Zealand at domestic, after which England and France on our European tour, 3 groups a good way to be in line to raise the Webb Ellis Cup subsequent 12 months in Paris. This is the extent of opposition that we want to be trying out ourselves in opposition to, to bolster our squad beforehand of subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.”

NZR said further match details, including the kick-off time, would be announced later.

2022 All Blacks northern tour schedule (all times NZT)

v Japan, Saturday, October 29, kick-off TBC, National Stadium, Tokyo

v Wales, Sunday Nov 6, 4.15am, Principality Stadium, Cardiff

v Scotland, Monday Nov 14, 3.15am, Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland

v England, Saturday 19 Nov, kick-off TBC, Twickenham London

All Blacks v Japan previous results:

1987: Osaka, October 25, 74-0

1987: Tokyo, November 1, 106-4

1995: Bloemfontein, June 4, 145-17 (Rugby World Cup 1995)

2011: Hamilton, September 16, 83-7 (RWC 2011)

2013: Tokyo, November 2, 54-6

2018: Tokyo, November 3, 69-31