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New Zealand to face Japan in November

12th July 2013 06:11

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Japan game: All Blacks

The world-champion All Blacks will play Japan in Tokyo in November ahead of their European tour, New Zealand Rugby Union has confirmed.

The match will take place at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium on November 2.

"The match fits in perfectly with our strategy for 2013 to not only grow our game but also to grow our leadership and depth within the All Blacks squad," New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said.

The match, in the run-up to their European tour in November featuring matches against France, England and Ireland, will be the All Blacks first Test against the Brave Blossoms in Japan.

The teams have previously met twice, at the 1995 and 2011 World Cups, with Japan losing both encounters, including a 145-17 drubbing in '95.

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