Japan and Australia meet on 4/11/2017 in a test match for 2019 rugby world cup with the match being played in Japan.This will be a tough test for Japan against a stronger Australian side. The match will be played at the International stadium in Yokohama.Both sides will use this match to prepare for the 2019 rugby world cup to be held in Japan.Japan have named a strong side to face Australia that includes former southern kings star Wimpie. He is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions.

Australia has also named a strong squad whichincludes players playing New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, England and also Italy.The team will be led by Andy Ellis who plays for Kobe Kobelco. He possesses a lot experience playing under the current coach afterwinning the 2006 and 2008 super rugby titles under Deans. Three players in this team have more than 50 caps playing for their country.

Both sides have used this match to include uncapped players with Australia naming uncapped locks Matt Philip and Blake Enever after they both impressed for their teams in the National Rugby Championship.The backline includes Billy Meakes and outside back Izaia Perese who are both uncapped.The Japanese sides includes uncapped Wimpie van der walt and Kazuki and also prop Asaeli ai valu and forward Fetuani Lautaimi. Scrumhalf Fumikai Tanaka has 61 caps and possesses a lot of experience in the international stage

Michale Leitch leads the Japanese side as wing Lomano Lava Lemeki making his first appearance since the fall tour of 2016 as fullback Ryuji Noguchi looks to continue with his impressive form in the June internationals. Japan come into this match having lost their last two matches against Ireland.Australia however won their last two matches against New Zealand and Argentina. When the two sides met in 2015 in Tokyo, Australia prevailed 45-20.

 

 

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