Result: Japan 22 v 25 Italy (16-06-18)

Follow @RedefinedRugby Italy claimed their first victory of the year when they beat Japan 25-22 in their June international at the Noevir Stadium in Kobe on Saturday. The Azzurri dominated the early stages before Japan fought back in the second-half and both sides eventually scored three tries apiece. The result also means that Italy

Preview: Japan v Italy (16-06-18)

Follow @RedefinedRugby Michael Leitch will lead a Japan side that shows just one change and one positional switch for the second Test with Italy in Kobe on Saturday. Following last week’s 34-17 win over the Azzurri in Oita, head coach Jamie Joseph has stuck with the same 23 players. However, he has opted to

Result: Japan 34 v 17 Italy (09-06-18)

Follow @RedefinedRugby Japan produced a polished all-round performance to see of Italy 34-17 at Oita Bank Dome in Oita in their first Test of the year on Saturday. Tries from Amanaki Mafi, Kenki Fukuoka, Loamno Lemeki and Kotaro Matsushima proved too much for Italy, who scored through Tizano Pasquali and Braam Steyn. Italy

Preview: Japan v Italy (09-06-18)

Follow @RedefinedRugby Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture, Japan Local time kick off 14:45 NZ Kick Off - 17:45, Sat 09 Jun 2018 Referee: Nic Berry (Australia) Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Nick Briant (New Zealand) Television match official: Rowan Kitt (England) JAP (on 75.66 points) at home -vs- ITA (on 71.10 points) RR WORLD RANKINGS Possible Outcome Rating Point Exchange New JAP Rating New ITA Rating Will ITA overtake

Result: Japan 30 v 63 Australia {04-11-17}

Follow @RedefinedRugby Australia continued with their superb recent form when they secured an impressive 63-30 victory over Japan in Yokohama on Saturday. As the scoreline suggests, this was a one-sided affair with the Wallabies dominating for large periods and they eventually outscored the Brave Blossoms nine tries to three with Tevita Kuridrani

Japan XV handed lesson by invitation side

Follow @RedefinedRugby  Japan coach Jamie Joseph was left with plenty to think about Saturday as his Japan XV were beaten 47-27 by Robbie Deans' World XV at Level 5 Stadium. A week before they take on Australia -- runners-up at the last Rugby World Cup and victors over world No. 1 New