2013 Wales rugby union tour of Japan

Japan
2012 Wales rugby union tour of Australia
Coach(es): Robin McBryde
Tour captain(s): Bradley Davies
Top test point scorer(s): Dan Biggar (17)
Top test try scorer(s): Harry Robinson (1)
Tom Prydie (1)
Type P W D L
Total: 2 1 0 1
Test match: 2 1 0 1
Opp. P W D L
Japan 2 1 0 1
Statistics against Test match opponents
Previous tour: Australia 2012
Next tour: South Africa 2014

In June 2013, Wales toured Japan as part of the 2013 mid-year rugby test series.[1] They faced Japan in a two-test series on 8 and 15 June, playing in the oldest dedicated rugby union stadium in Japan, Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka, and the home stadium of Japanese rugby, Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo. The test series was Wales' first test series against Japan since 2001, when Wales were victorious 2–0, and their first encounter since Wales' 72–18 victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Pool B match. Wales were also the first Tier 1 nation to play Japan in Japan since Italy in 2006.

At the start of the tour Japan were yet to earn a victory over the Welsh, with Wales winning all fixtures before this test series. However, the second match of the series saw Japan win their first ever test match against Wales. The test series ended in a 1–1 draw with Wales winning the first test and Japan winning the second.

Fixtures

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
8 June 2013, 14:00 JST (UTC+9) Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka 18–22 Wales
15 June 2013, 14:00 JST (UTC+9) Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo 23–8 Wales

Squads

Wales

In the absence of Warren Gatland and Rob Howley with their commitments on the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, Robin McBryde took on the role of head coach.[2] On 21 May, McBryde named a 27-man squad for the tour.[3]

Aaron Shingler and Ashley Beck were ruled out with injury ahead of the tour (28 May) and was replaced with Josh Navidi and Adam Warren[4] 15 players were also unavailable due to selection for the Lions tour to Australia.


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the World Rugby.
Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Scott Baldwin Hooker (1988-07-12)12 July 1988 (aged 24) 0 Ospreys
Emyr Phillips Hooker (1987-02-22)22 February 1987 (aged 26) 0 Scarlets
Scott Andrews Prop (1989-08-01)1 August 1989 (aged 23) 6 Cardiff Blues
Ryan Bevington Prop (1988-12-09)9 December 1988 (aged 24) 9 Ospreys
Rhys Gill Prop (1986-10-30)30 October 1986 (aged 26) 3 Saracens
Rhodri Jones Prop (1991-12-23)23 December 1991 (aged 21) 1 Scarlets
Craig Mitchell Prop (1986-05-03)3 May 1986 (aged 27) 14 Exeter Chiefs
Andrew Coombs Lock (1984-10-27)27 October 1984 (aged 28) 4 Newport Gwent Dragons
Bradley Davies (c) Lock (1987-01-09)9 January 1987 (aged 26) 38 Cardiff Blues
James King Lock (1990-07-24)24 July 1990 (aged 22) 0 Ospreys
Lou Reed Lock (1987-09-10)10 September 1987 (aged 25) 3 Cardiff Blues
Dan Baker Flanker (1992-07-05)5 July 1992 (aged 20) 0 Ospreys
Rob McCusker Flanker (1988-03-12)12 March 1988 (aged 25) 5 Scarlets
Josh Navidi Flanker (1990-12-30)30 December 1990 (aged 22) 0 Cardiff Blues
Andries Pretorius Number 8 (1985-09-26)26 September 1985 (aged 27) 0 Cardiff Blues
Tavis Knoyle Scrum-half (1990-06-02)2 June 1990 (aged 23) 9 Scarlets
Lloyd Williams Scrum-half (1989-11-30)30 November 1989 (aged 23) 13 Cardiff Blues
Dan Biggar Fly-half (1989-10-16)16 October 1989 (aged 23) 16 Ospreys
Rhys Patchell Fly-half (1993-05-17)17 May 1993 (aged 20) 0 Cardiff Blues
Jonathan Spratt Centre (1986-04-28)28 April 1986 (aged 27) 2 Ospreys
Adam Warren Centre (1991-03-07)7 March 1991 (aged 22) 1 Scarlets
Owen Williams Centre (1991-10-02)2 October 1991 (aged 21) 0 Cardiff Blues
Dafydd Howells Wing (1995-03-22)22 March 1995 (aged 18) 0 Ospreys
Harry Robinson Wing (1993-04-16)16 April 1993 (aged 20) 1 Cardiff Blues
Liam Williams Fullback (1991-04-09)9 April 1991 (aged 22) 3 Scarlets
Tom Prydie Fullback (1992-02-23)23 February 1992 (aged 21) 4 Newport Gwent Dragons
Steven Shingler Fullback (1991-06-20)20 June 1991 (aged 21) 0 London Irish

Japan

The Japanese 36-man squad for 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup and 2013 Welsh rugby union tour of Japan.

  • Caps and ages are to first Test (8 June 2013)

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the World Rugby.
Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Yusuke Aoki Hooker (1983-06-19)19 June 1983 (aged 29) 25 Suntory
Shota Horie Hooker (1986-01-21)21 January 1986 (aged 27) 19 Melbourne Rebels
Hiroki Yuhara Hooker (1984-01-21)21 January 1984 (aged 29) 11 Toshiba
Takuma Asahara Prop (1987-09-07)7 September 1987 (aged 25) 3 Toshiba
Kensuke Hatakeyama Prop (1985-08-02)2 August 1985 (aged 27) 38 Suntory
Takeshi Kizu Prop (1988-07-15)15 July 1988 (aged 24) 15 Kobelco Steelers
Masataka Mikami Prop (1988-06-04)4 June 1988 (aged 25) 2 Toshiba
Yusuke Nagae Prop (1985-07-19)19 July 1985 (aged 27) 9 Black Rams
Hiroshi Yamashita Prop (1986-01-01)1 January 1986 (aged 27) 18 Kobelco Steelers
Michael Broadhurst Lock (1986-10-30)30 October 1986 (aged 26) 5 Black Rams
Shoji Ito Lock (1980-12-02)2 December 1980 (aged 32) 10 Kobelco Steelers
Shinya Makabe Lock (1987-03-26)26 March 1987 (aged 26) 12 Suntory
Hitoshi Ono Lock (1978-05-06)6 May 1978 (aged 35) 66 Toshiba
Hendrik Tui Lock (1987-12-13)13 December 1987 (aged 25) 7 Panasonic
Justin Ives Flanker (1984-05-24)24 May 1984 (aged 29) 10 Panasonic
Michael Leitch Flanker (1988-10-07)7 October 1988 (aged 24) 28 Chiefs
Ryuta Yasui Flanker (1989-12-06)6 December 1989 (aged 23) 1 Kobelco Steelers
Takashi Kikutani Number 8 (1980-02-24)24 February 1980 (aged 33) 56 Toyota Verblitz
Ryu Koliniasi Holani Number 8 (1981-10-25)25 October 1981 (aged 31) 24 Panasonic
Atsushi Hiwasa Scrum-half (1987-05-22)22 May 1987 (aged 26) 20 Suntory
Aimi Kobayashi Scrum-half (1995-09-23)23 September 1995 (aged 17) 20 Gloucester
Fumiaki Tanaka Scrum-half (1985-01-03)3 January 1985 (aged 28) 33 Highlanders
Keisuke Uchida Scrum-half (1992-02-22)22 February 1992 (aged 21) 3 Tsukuba University
Ryoto Nakamura Fly-half (1991-01-28)28 January 1991 (aged 22) 1 Teikyo University
Kosei Ono Fly-half (1987-04-17)17 April 1987 (aged 26) 16 Suntory
Yuu Tamura Fly-half (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 24) 6 Green Rockets
Yuta Imamura Centre (1984-10-31)31 October 1984 (aged 28) 35 Kobe Steel
Male Sa'u Centre (1987-10-13)13 October 1987 (aged 25) 2 Yamaha Jubilo
Seiichi Shimonura Centre (1981-09-20)20 September 1981 (aged 31) 4 Panasonic
Harumichi Tatekawa Centre (1989-12-02)2 December 1989 (aged 23) 12 Kubota Spears
Craig Wing Centre (1979-12-26)26 December 1979 (aged 33) 1 Kobelco Steelers
Yoshikazu Fujita Wing (1993-10-08)8 October 1993 (aged 19) 3 Waseda University
Kenki Fukuoka Wing (1992-09-07)7 September 1992 (aged 20) 2 University of Tsukuba
Toshiaki Hirose (c) Wing (1981-10-17)17 October 1981 (aged 31) 11 Toshiba
Hirotoki Onozawa Wing (1978-03-29)29 March 1978 (aged 35) 78 Suntory Sungoliath
Ayumu Goromaru Fullback (1986-03-01)1 March 1986 (aged 27) 20 Yamaha Jubilo

Matches

8 June 2013
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
18–22 Wales
Try: Broadhurst 38' m
Fujita 69' c
Con: Goromaru (1/2) 70'
Pen: Goromaru (2/4) 15', 20'
Report Try: Robinson 63' c
Con: Biggar (1/1) 64'
Pen: Biggar (4/5) 23', 29', 46', 59'
Patchell (1/1) 79'
FB 15 Ayumu Goromaru
RW 14 Yoshikazu Fujita
OC 13 Male Sa'u
IC 12 Craig Wing  70'
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka  79'
FH 10 Harumichi Tatekawa
SH 9 Fumiaki Tanaka  66'
N8 8 Takashi Kikutani (c)
OF 7 Michael Broadhurst
BF 6 Hendrik Tui  72'
RL 5 Shoji Ito
LL 4 Hitoshi Ono  80'
TP 3 Hiroshi Yamashita  64'
HK 2 Shota Horie 30' to 32'  72'
LP 1 Masataka Mikami  60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Takeshi Kizu  30'  32'  72'
PR 17 Yusuke Nagae  60'
PR 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama  64'
LK 19 Toshizumi Kitagawa  80'
FL 20 Ryuta Yasui  72'
SH 21 Atsushi Hiwasa  66'
FH 22 Yuu Tamura  70'
WG 23 Hirotoki Onozawa  79'
Coach:
Eddie Jones
FB 15 Liam Williams
RW 14 Harry Robinson
OC 13 Owen Williams
IC 12 Jonathan Spratt
LW 11 Dafydd Howells
FH 10 Dan Biggar  64'
SH 9 Lloyd Williams  60'
N8 8 Rob McCusker 19' to 29'  60'
OF 7 James King
BF 6 Andrew Coombs  51'
RL 5 Lou Reed
LL 4 Bradley Davies (c)
TP 3 Scott Andrews
HK 2 Emyr Phillips
LP 1 Ryan Bevington  51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Baldwin
PR 17 Rhys Gill  51'
PR 18 Rhodri Jones
N8 19 Andries Pretorius  51'
FL 20 Dan Baker  60'
SH 21 Tavis Knoyle  60'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell  64'
FB 23 Tom Prydie
Coach:
Robin McBryde

Touch judges:
Greg Garner (England)
Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan)

Note:

15 June 2013
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
23–8 Wales
Try: Wing 49' c
Broadhurst 60' c
Con: Goromaru (2/2) 49', 61'
Pen: Goromaru (3/3) 14', 34', 76'
Report Try: Prydie 44' m
Pen: Biggar (1/2) 21'
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 21,062
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
FB 15 Ayumu Goromaru
RW 14 Toshiaki Hirose (c)
OC 13 Male Sa'u
IC 12 Craig Wing  69'
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka  79'
FH 10 Harumichi Tatekawa
SH 9 Fumiaki Tanaka  67'
N8 8 Takashi Kikutani
OF 7 Michael Broadhurst
BF 6 Hendrik Tui
RL 5 Shoji Ito  45'
LL 4 Hitoshi Ono  74'
TP 3 Hiroshi Yamashita  45'
HK 2 Shota Horie  79'
LP 1 Masataka Mikami  69'
Replacements:
HK 16 Takeshi Kizu  79'
PR 17 Yusuke Nagae  69'
PR 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama  45'
LK 19 Shinya Makabe  45'
FL 20 Justin Ives  74'
SH 21 Atsushi Hiwasa  67'
FH 22 Yuu Tamura  69'
WG 23 Yoshikazu Fujita  79'
Coach:
Eddie Jones
FB 15 Liam Williams  53'
RW 14 Harry Robinson
OC 13 Owen Williams  23'
IC 12 Jonathan Spratt
LW 11 Tom Prydie
FH 10 Dan Biggar
SH 9 Lloyd Williams  50'
N8 8 Andries Pretorius
OF 7 Josh Navidi  63'
BF 6 James King
RL 5 Lou Reed  50'
LL 4 Bradley Davies (c)
TP 3 Scott Andrews  57'
HK 2 Emyr Phillips  78'
LP 1 Rhys Gill  57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Baldwin  78'
PR 17 Rhodri Jones  57'
PR 18 Craig Mitchell  57'
LK 19 Andrew Coombs  50'
FL 20 Dan Baker  63'
SH 21 Tavis Knoyle  50'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell  23'
WG 23 Dafydd Howells  53'
Coach:
Robin McBryde

Touch judges:
Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Taizo Hirabayashi (Japan)

Note:

  • This was Japan's first ever victory over Wales.

See also

References

  1. ^ Japan confirm Wales Tour date
  2. ^ McBryde to coach Wales in Japan
  3. ^ Davies handed captaincy for Japan tour
  4. ^ Navidi and Warren added to squad