Scotland to be reacquainted with World Cup foe

Scotland will face Rugby World Cup rivals Japan in June next year on the 2016 summer tour.

The first match will be played on 18 June at Toyota Stadium in Toyota City and the second will be held on 25 June at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo - kick-off times and broadcast details to be announced.

The matches will be the sixth and seventh time that the two nations have met on full Test-capped terms, while the countries have played on five other occasions when Scotland have fielded a development ‘XV’ in 1976, 1977, 1986, 1989 and 2010.

The most recent clash between the two nations was in this year’s Rugby World Cup where, after a tense start, Scotland got their campaign underway with a clinical five-try (45-10) win over the Brave Blossoms following their historic victory over South Africa.

The result meant Japan - ranked 10th in the world - became the first team to be eliminated at the pool stage of the World Cup, despite winning three matches, while Scotland, ranked ninth, went on to face Australia in the quarter-final.

The victory also kept the Scots unbeaten against Japan in Test conditions, with next summer’s games the first to see caps awarded to the two nations on Japanese soil; though it will be the third time a Scottish select has toured the land of the rising sun (1977 and 1989).

We’re pleased to confirm our 2016 summer tour will take us to Japan, where our players will enjoy a stern assessment from one of the most improved teams in the world.

- - Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter

Japan are forging a very strong rugby culture and will be boosted by the inclusion of a Japanese franchise in Super Rugby for the first time that year, all of which will combine to create a very testing environment for our touring group of players.”

2016 Summer Tour

Saturday 18 June: Japan v Scotland, Toyota Stadium, Toyota City (kick-off 7.20pm local)
Saturday 25 June: Japan v Scotland, Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo (kick-off 7.20pm local)

Scotland / Japan games over the years:

2015: Scotland 45-10 Japan, Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester (RWC 2015)
2013: Scotland 42-17 Japan, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
2010: Scotland XV 24-5 Japan Select, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh (uncapped match)
2004: Scotland 100-8 Japan, McDiarmid Park, Perth
2003: Japan 11-32 Scotland, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville (RWC 2003)
1991: Scotland 47-9 Japan, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh (RWC 1991)
1989: Japan 28-24 Scotland XV, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo (uncapped match)
1986: Scotland XV 33-18 Japan, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh (uncapped match)
1977: Japan 9-74 Scotland XV, Olympic Stadium, Tokyo (uncapped match)
1976: Scotland XV 34-9 Japan,  BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh (uncapped match)