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Japan vs Tonga

(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.