2013 Wales rugby union tour of Japan

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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[edit]

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

Squads[edit]

Wales[edit]

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

Japan[edit]

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

Matches[edit]

8 June 2013
14:00 JST (UTC+9)
Japan  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 Substituted off 70'
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka Substituted off 79'
FH 10 Harumichi Tatekawa
SH 9 Fumiaki Tanaka Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Takashi Kikutani (c)
OF 7 Michael Broadhurst
BF 6 Hendrik Tui Substituted off 72'
RL 5 Shoji Ito
LL 4 Hitoshi Ono Substituted off 80'
TP 3 Hiroshi Yamashita Substituted off 64'
HK 2 Shota Horie Sent to blood bin 30' to 32' Substituted off 72'
LP 1 Masataka Mikami Substituted off 60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Takeshi Kizu Substituted in 30' Substituted off 32' Substituted in 72'
PR 17 Yusuke Nagae Substituted in 60'
PR 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama Substituted in 64'
LK 19 Toshizumi Kitagawa Substituted in 80'
FL 20 Ryuta Yasui Substituted in 72'
SH 21 Atsushi Hiwasa Substituted in 66'
FH 22 Yuu Tamura Substituted in 70'
WG 23 Hirotoki Onozawa Substituted in 79'
Coach:
Australia 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 Substituted off 64'
SH 9 Lloyd Williams Substituted off 60'
N8 8 Rob McCusker Temporarily suspended from 19' to 29' 19' to 29' Substituted off 60'
OF 7 James King
BF 6 Andrew Coombs Substituted off 51'
RL 5 Lou Reed
LL 4 Bradley Davies (c)
TP 3 Scott Andrews
HK 2 Emyr Phillips
LP 1 Ryan Bevington Substituted off 51'
Replacements:
HK 16 Scott Baldwin
PR 17 Rhys Gill Substituted in 51'
PR 18 Rhodri Jones
N8 19 Andries Pretorius Substituted in 51'
FL 20 Dan Baker Substituted in 60'
SH 21 Tavis Knoyle Substituted in 60'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell Substituted in 64'
FB 23 Tom Prydie
Coach:
Wales Robin McBryde

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

Note:

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

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

Note:

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

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