The series will begin at Toyota Stadium in Aichi on July 2, the teams will meet on July 9 and play for the Lipovita D Challenge Cup; France were held 23-23 at home by Japan when the teams last met in November 2017
Last update: 02/28/22 12:56 p.m.
Japan will face France for the first time since 2017, when they hosted the Blues in two matches in early July, the Japan Rugby Football Union has announced.
The Lipovitan D Challenge Cup series will begin at Toyota Stadium in Aichi on July 2, with the teams meeting on July 9 at a venue to be confirmed.
“On behalf of the JRFU and the entire Japanese rugby family, I would like to express our sincere joy that the French national team will be touring Japan this summer,” said JRFU President Shigetaka Mori.
“Les Bleus are playing remarkably well in the Six Nations Tournament and continue to develop a powerful style of play, combining power and speed with their traditional flair.
“With France due to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, they appear to be serious contenders for their home tournament.”
Japan reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup on home soil but did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They then returned to action against the British and Irish Lions in June 2021.
The Brave Blossoms won just one of their six games last year, against Portugal.
“Due to the global pandemic, Japanese rugby fans have missed regular test matches played in Japan,” Mori added.
“So this series is an important opportunity for us to reconnect with our fans, and I’m sure the rugby family in Japan will be looking forward to reliving the enthusiasm and excitement they experienced at the Rugby World Cup. Rugby 2019.”
France were held 23-23 at home by Japan when the teams last met in November 2017.
“Japan is now a great rugby nation,” said Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR).
“Their performance at the last World Cup showed this team’s ability to compete with the best. This is the first time that the XV of France has gone to Japan for a Summer Tour.
“I would like to thank the Japan Rugby Football Union and chairman Shigetaka Mori for hosting us and I am delighted that our teams can meet on the pitch. As the 2023 Rugby World Cup approaches, it is crucial to playing against the highest quality opponents.”