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Japan to play Romania, Ireland in June

Japan will play Romania when the Europeans visit them on June 10.

The Oaks will be followed to these shores by Ireland, who play a two-test series on June 17 and 24.

“Romania will be a first experience for a lot of the players and staff,” said Japan coach Jamie Joseph.

“None of the coaching staff and many of the players have yet to experience playing the Romanians who’re physical opponents. The match precedes two test matches against Ireland and will be one of three great test matches for the new Japan team.”

Japan have played Romania five times, winning four. The last time the two teams played in Japan was May 25, 2005, when the hosts triumphed 23-16.

Japan and Ireland have met in five full internationals with the Irish winning all five, including 44-12 and 47-18 victories in Osaka and Tokyo in 2005.

Japan have played and lost four times to the Wallabies, including defeats at Rugby World Cup 1987 and 2007.

In November, the Brave Blossoms will begin their test window with a home game against Australia.

The Wallabies will stop over in Japan on their way to Europe with the two teams meeting on November 4.

The game, at a venue yet to be determined, marks the first time the Wallabies and Brave Blossoms will play on Japanese soil.