More matches between New Zealand and Japan as part of a partnership

The two countries, after a new partnership, will face each other regularly between 2024 and 2027.

By Le Figaro with AFP


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New Zealand and Japan will play each other regularly between 2024 and 2027, under the terms of an agreement reached on Wednesday between the two countries’ rugby unions, which aims to promote rugby in the region. These meetings between the two countries will take place in Japan, according to the memorandum of understanding, which also includes possible meetings between clubs outside the Super Rugby calendar, or even more matches between women’s teams.

Formalizing our cooperation with the Japanese Federation is excellentFederation New Zealand chief executive Mark Robinson said in a press release.

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Japanese selections have been rising for several years now. In the 2019 World Cup on home soil, Japan reached the quarter-finals of the competition. His national team has met the All Blacks five times since 1995, the last time in Tokyo last October, which New Zealand won 38 to 31. Several New Zealand internationals have also announced in recent months that they will join Japanese clubs after the 2023 World Cup in France (September 8 – October 28).

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