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RugbyMania - Sanyo vs Suntory - 48th All Japan Rugby Championship Final ラグビー03:43

RugbyMania - Sanyo vs Suntory - 48th All Japan Rugby Championship Final ラグビー

  The Japan national rugby union team (often known as the Cherry Blossoms or more recently the Brave Blossoms) represent Japan in international rugby union competitions. Japan is traditionally the strongest rugby union power in Asia but has both enjoyed and endured mixed results against non-Asian teams over the years. Rugby union in Japan is administered by the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU), which was founded in 1926. They compete annually in the Pacific Nations Cup and the Asian Five Nations. They have also participated in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987. However they have only ever won one game at the tournament, against Zimbabwe in 1991.

Rugby was introduced to Japan in 1899 and Japan's first international was a match against a Canadian team in 1932. Notable games for Japan include a victory over the Junior All Blacks in 1968, and a narrow 6–3 loss to England in 1971. Famous wins by Japan include a 28–24 victory over a Scotland XV in 1989 and a 23-8 victory over Wales in 2013. In the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Japan drew 12–12 against Canada, their second best result in the tournament. In 2011, Japan displayed the extent of its progress in the sport by winning the 2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, played against Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.



Representative rugby matches played by a Japan national XV up until 20 June 2011[9]

Team Mat Won Lost Draw  % For Aga Diff
 Arabian Gulf 3 3 0 0 100.00 256 20 +236
 Argentina 5 1 4 0 20.00 139 205 -66
 Australia 4 0 4 0 0.00 58 220 -162
 Australia A 4 0 4 0 0.00 51 242 -191
[1] Australian Universities 6 2 4 0 33.33 60 90 -30
[2] BC Bears 6 2 2 2 50.00 103 82 +21
[3] Cambridge University 4 1 3 0 25.00 52 110 -58
 Canada 22 12 8 2 59.09 532 528 +4
 Chinese Taipei 4 4 0 0 100.00 474 27 +447
[4] Emerging Wallabies 2 1 0 1 75.00 41 39 +2
[5]England Saxons 2 0 2 0 0.00 30 92 -62
[6] England Students 1 0 1 0 0.00 0 42 -43
[7] England Under-23's 2 0 2 0 0.00 25 77 -52
 England 6 0 6 0 0.00 78 191 -113
 Fiji 15 3 12 0 20.00 265 402 -137
 France 9 0 9 0 0.00 99 400 -301
 Georgia 2 2 0 0 100.00 57 29 +28
 Hong Kong 22 18 4 0 81.81 940 325 +615
[8] Ireland Students 1 0 1 0 0.00 12 24 -12
 Ireland 7 0 7 0 0.00 111 332 -221
 Italy 5 0 5 0 0.00 64 176 -112
[9]Junior All Blacks 8 1 7 0 12.50 98 337 -239
 Kazakhstan 5 5 0 0 100.00 418 23 +395
 South Korea 29 22 6 1 77.58 1158 430 +728
 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 0.00 13 15 -2
 Māori 1 0 1 0 0.00 22 65 -43
[10] New Zealand Universities 15 2 11 2 20.00 221 417 -196
 New Zealand 5 0 5 0 0.00 34 462 -428
[11] Oxford and Cambridge 3 0 3 0 0.00 30 113 -83
[12] Oxford University 4 0 4 0 0.00 28 130 -102
 Philippines 1 1 0 0 100.00 121 0 +121
[13] Queensland Reds 1 0 1 0 0.00 6 42 -36
 Romania 4 3 1 0 75.00 101 85 +16
 Russia 4 3 1 0 75.00 197 77 +120
 Samoa 13 2 11 0 15.38 214 463 -249
 Scotland 7 1 6 0 14.28 92 344 -252
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 100.00 45 15 +30
 Spain 2 2 0 0 100.00 74 36 +38
 Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0 100.00 134 19 +115
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 100.00 42 11 +31
 Tonga 15 7 8 0 46.66 359 409 -50
 United Arab Emirates 3 3 0 0 100.00 310 6 +304
 United States 20 7 12 1 37.50 443 585 -142
 Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0.00 18 24 -6
 Wales 13 1 12 0 7.69 185 722 -537
[14] Welsh Clubs 1 0 1 0 0.00 9 63 -54
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 100.00 52 8 +44
Total 293 114 170 9 40.44 7871 8555 -684

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