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(This week’s USA Eagles Test match is against Japan on Saturday, June 14, at the StubHub Center, Carson City (Los Angeles). Television 7:30 p.m. (PCT) on Universal Sport Network
Union: Japan (JRFU) founded in 1926.
First International: In 1932 when a visiting Canadian side traveled to Japan.
World Ranking: 12th (Below Fiji and above Tonga)
Nickname: The Brave Blossoms
Greatest Win: 155 -3 against Chinese Taipei – Greatest Loss: 17 – 145 New Zealand
Coach: Eddie Jones from Australia.
World Cup Finishes: Played in all seven RWCs. Have only been victorious once against Zimbabwe. RWC Record: 1-2-21
2015 RWC Pool B – Japan, South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, and USA
International Records: (Against Comparative Level Teams)
Opponent Played Wins Losses Draws
USA 21 8 12 1
Canada 23 13 8 2
Tonga 15 7 8 0
Fiji 15 3 12 0
Samoa 14 3 11 0
Professional League – Teams are owned by corporations like Sunatory, Toyota, Rich, Panasonic, etc.
2019RWC – Japan is the host nation for the RWC, the first time it will be played in Asia.