Japan Rugby Team have been playing in the Rugby World Cup since the first edition of the prestigious event back then in 1987.
But that is not the only interesting fact that we have on incredible Japan team. They are by far the only team which qualified to Rugby World Cup from Asian region. But they have yet to improve from the previous pool stage of the tournament.
Despites the delayed achievement, Japan Rugby Team have been considered as a tough team to deal with. The proof is solid. Their best performance was back then in 2015 Rugby World Cup when they dominated over South African with slight score of 34-32.
That happened in their first match of the pool play. It was slated as the greatest rugby world cup shock ever. Well, it is sensible since Japan Team was underdog. Not many people can predict that Japan nation team could turn the table and made South Africa given up. But that was not the only thing they attain. They went on to beat the US and Samoa in the pool play. They also won three games out of four in the pool play.
In the 2015 RWC, they actually had the chance to pass the pool play. However, they didn’t get bonus points like the other teams: South Africa and Scotland. That made Japan stuck in the pool position while two other teams qualified for the quarter-finals.
Japan Rugby team first professional victory was in 1991 when winning over Zimbabwe with huge gap of score 52-8. at that time, Japan is the hosting team.
Despites the spring record, they also ever swallowed a bad defeat in the 1995 Rugby World Cup when they lost to New Zealand by the score 145-17.
But the nation has never backed off. Since 2003 Rugby World Cup, the nation has been gaining considerable size of fan base around the world. Not only Japanese fans, the overseas fans are also stating their rooting to the team. In 2007, they didn’t reach the K.O. stage of the RWC.
Despites the struggle, the advantages will likely to happen to Japan team. They will host the tournament for the first time at the Rugby World Cup 2019. The upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 will also be the first World Cup Tournament ever held in Asia.
By Far, Japan team’s highest RWC finish happen at pools in 1987, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015. they strive for higher result in this upcoming edition of Rugby World Cup. It is interesting to see how they will actualize their goals.
The moment of truth will run from Friday September 20 to Saturday November 2 with the games played across the official venues in Japan. If you are rooting for Japan team, you will want to see the complete fixtures of the team so that you won’t miss the important moments involving the team.
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule
Japan is drawn in the pool A along with the Six nations Scotland and Ireland, Russia, and Samoa as play-off winner.
|1||Friday, Sept. 20||A||Japan vs. Russia||19:45||Tokyo Stadium|
|2||Saturday, Sept. 28||A||Japan vs. Ireland||16:15||Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa|
|3||Saturday, Oct 5||A||Japan vs. Samoa||19:30||City of Toyota Stadium|
|4||Sunday, Oct. 13||A||Japan vs. Scotland||19:45||International Stadium Yokohama|
RWC 2019 Japan TV Channel & Live stream info
How to Watch Rugby World Cup Live Online From Japan? and from which channel we can watch RWC 2019 from Japan?
The Nippon TV and NHK are holding the rights to live stream 48 Matches and it is good news for Japanese because both are free-to-air options. J Sports is also the best options for Japan people and if you are from outside of Japan you need to VPN to unblock the Geo restriction and enjoy live matches from J Sports.