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Wallabies make uncommon journey as Japan search to state declare for seat at rugby’s high desk



The Brave Blossoms have a possibility to audition for a spot within the Rugby Championship after they host Australia for simply the second time on Saturday

Remarkably, the Wallabies’ 63-30 win in Yokohama in 2017 was the one time the Australian aspect has performed the Brave Blossoms in a Test on Japanese soil.

Even although Japan have performed Test rugby since 1932, the Wallabies have solely performed them on 5 events, which is shocking given the geographic proximity between the 2 international locations.

The Wallabies received two Tests in Australia in 1975 and beat the Brave Blossoms twice in World Cup pool video games in 1987 and 2007. But curiously, far-flung nations resembling Wales (9), Italy (eight), Ireland (seven), Scotland (seven) and Argentina (six) have performed extra video games towards Japan than Australia.

The Wallabies’ lack of engagement with Japan is maybe defined by the actual fact Australia is a number one energy in world rugby, whereas Japan is thought to be a minnow, excluded from main worldwide competitions such because the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship.

But if Australia, and the remainder of the southern hemisphere rugby nations are to prosper within the long-term, Japan must be introduced into the Rugby Championship. Ever since their beautiful 34-32 upset win towards South Africa on the 2015 World Cup there was discuss of Japan becoming a member of the competitors together with the Wallabies, All Blacks, Springboks and Argentina.

The industrial future for southern hemisphere rugby seems to be quite bleak, at the least in comparison with the riches of Europe, however there’s a doubtlessly shiny future for Asia-Pacific rugby.