JRFU Fixtures 2024 – Brave Blossoms, Japan XV, Sakura XV
The Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has announced a raft of international fixtures for the Brave Blossoms and Japan XV in 2024, with details for the Women’s Sakura XV still to be confirmed.
Updated 11 February 2024
Lipotivan D Challenge Cup 2024
The Brave Blossoms will see their new (returning) coach Eddie Jones face one of his previously coached international teams, England, twice in 2024. The Japanese first take on England at home as part of the Lipotivan D Challenge Cup 2024 on 22nd June in Tokyo at the National Stadium. This will be the first official test match played between the two nations in Japan.
The Japan XV then have a tough two-match series against the visiting Maori All Blacks before the national team plays Georgia and Italy in July 2024.
The Series ends with a test match against the All Blacks on October 26th at Nissan Stadium.
Commenting on the Japanese national fixtures, JRFU President, Masato Tsuchida said:
“We’re honoured to welcome Georgia and Italy to Japan this summer, in addition to England, and the All Blacks and Māori All Blacks from New Zealand, and to host these incredible matches in front of our home fans….We are blessed with wonderful host cities and stadia, and we are delighted to be able to work with local communities to prepare for these fixtures.”
The Brave Blossoms will play England for a second time in 2024 when they head to Twickenham on 23 November. Japan have yet to taste victory against an English side even though they have played a dozen times – with the English currently ranked fifth in the world.
Eddie Jones said: “With England coming to Japan in June and now this return match announced for Twickenham in the Autumn, we have a fantastic opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best sides in the world. Twickenham is truly one of the world’s great rugby stadiums, with an incredible atmosphere and a superb pitch. Like the match in Tokyo, the atmosphere will be electric, and it will be an experience the players will never forget.”
It was also confirmed in February 2024, that former RWC-winning Springbok Victor Matfield had joined as a consultant for the Men’s team.
Japanese International Fixtures 2024
- Brave Blossoms vs England – June 22 2024
- Japan XV vs The Maori All Blacks – June 29 2024
- Japan XV vs The Maori All Blacks – July 6 2024
- Brave Blossoms vs Georgia – 13 July 2024
- Brave Blossoms vs Italy – 21 July 2024
- Brave Blossoms vs All Blacks – October 26 2024
- England vs Brave Blossoms – 23 November 2024
The JRFU has said that some information such as dates, kick-off times, ticketing and broadcast information will be announced in due course.
Pacific Nations Cup 2024
In 2023, it was already confirmed that the Japan XV national side would be competing in the new Pacific Nations Cup in 2024, which sees them facing Canada & the USA in the North America/Japan pool with the finals also set to be played in Japan.
Details on matches are still to be announced with the fixtures due to be played in August and September 2024.
Sakura Fifteen – 2024 Fixtures
Little has been announced for the Japanese Women’s XV national team, with the details for the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship with Kazakhstan and Hong Kong China Rugby still be to announced.
The top two sides of the ARWC 2024 will head to the WXV 2024 (also still pending announcements).
Japan U20 & Japan National High School Team – 2024 Fixtures
In February 2024, the JRFU confirmed that 26 athletes were selected to represent Japan National High School Rugby team with plans to tour Italy in March 2024 and play against the Italian U19 side.
2024 International Rugby Tournaments
- Cross-Border Rugby 2024 – A New Chapter For Japan and New Zealand Rugby.
- World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024.
- Vancouver SVNS 2024 Pools.
- Melrose Shield Competition Confirmed For 2024 Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.