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The Irish women will travel to Japan this summer at the invitation of World Rugby to help Japan prepare for the Rugby World Cup.
Greg McWilliams’ team will play Sakura Fifteen in two Test series as part of the summer development program
An extended Irish squad will assemble for summer camp at the IRFU High Performance Center for a back-to-back match against the host nation before the tour of Japan in August.
The McWilliams team will start the series against Japan on Saturday, August 20 at the Ecopa Stadium in Fukuoki City, Shizuoka. The second Test against Leslie Mackenzie will take place a week later, on Saturday, August 26, at the Chichibunomia Rugby Stadium in Tokyo.
The parties last met in November 2021
The two teams recently faced each other during the November 2021 Test at the RDS in Dublin, in which Ireland won 15-12.
Japan, currently ranked 12th in the world, are coming back from a historic Test win against Australia and are currently preparing for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in October.
“The TikTok Women’s Six Nations was our first post-staging tour together as a squad and a summer program with two Tests against Japan, an exciting opportunity for us to create,” said McWilliams.
“We will be joining in July as an extended squad and as coaching staff we will have the opportunity to work with many new players, including those who have been impressed with the Energy Women’s All-Ireland League and the recent U18 Women’s Six Nations Festival.
Nichola Fryday looking forward to the Japanese game
Ireland captain Nicola Friede commented:
“We ended the TikTok Women’s Six Nations campaign at a height with that memorable win over Scotland for third place in Belfast, and it’s exciting for us now to focus on an inviting series against Japan this summer.”
Details of the kick-off time and broadcast for the two-Test series against Japan will be confirmed in due course.
Ireland Women vs. Japan, August 2022:
Japan v Ireland, Saturday 20th August, Ecopa Stadium
Japan v Ireland, Saturday 26th August, Chichibunomia Rugby Stadium.
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