Clash set for November 14

Scotland to host Japan in next year’s Autumn Tests

Defeat: Gregor Townsend (pic: SNS Group)

Scotland will host Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists Japan in the 2020 Autumn Tests at Murrayfield Stadium next November.

The Brave Blossoms underlined their emergence in the sport with a thrilling campaign in front of their own fans, eventually being knocked out by eventual world champions South Africa.

Gregor Townsend’s side felt the full force of the Japanese, going down 28-21 as their quest to reach the last eight ground to a halt.

Scottish Rugby chief executive, Mark Dodson, said: “We’re delighted to announce Japan as one of three exciting opponents for next year’s Autumn Tests as part of an enduring relationship formalised in 2014.

“The strong relationship between the two nations is built on hundreds of years of historic trade and commerce and it’s fantastic that this can continue through our sport, on and off the field, in both the men’s and women’s games.

“Japan have been outstanding hosts of Rugby World Cup 2019 and it will be an honour to host them next November and continue to build on the strong ties between our two nations.”

The Test will be ninth meeting between the sides and the fourth time Scotland have hosted Japan on home soil. Scotland’s remaining 2020 Autumn Test opponents will be announced later this year with the matches falling either side of the Japan clash on Saturday, 14 November.

It has also been confirmed that Scotland will play two Tests in South Africa and one in New Zealand next summer.

Scottish Rugby, meanwhile, could be hit with a six-figure fine following comments from Mr Dodson in the build-up to the typhoon-threatened clash with Japan in Yokohama.

An “Independent Disputes Committee” was set up to rule on what World Rugby deemed to be remarks that required an unprecedented misconduct charge, with their ruling expected imminently.

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