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RugbyU: Japan to meet Gloucester on European tour

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English Premiership side Gloucester announced on Thursday that they will play a one-off game against the Japan national team in November.

Japan are expected to qualify as the top-ranked Asian team for the 2015 World Cup in England and will play two group games at Gloucester's Kingsholm ground in southwest England if they do so.

Ranked 15th in the world, Japan made history last June when they beat northern hemisphere powerhouses Wales for the first time.

"The club is thrilled that Japan will be playing at Kingsholm," said Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan.

"The game will add to the stadium's credentials for staging big matches featuring international sides.

"Japan are developing a proud rugby heritage, with over 125,000 registered players. Their recent success over Wales shows the talent that they possess and how our squad will be challenged."

The match will form part of Japan's end-of-year tour of Europe, which also features games against Scotland, Russia and Spain. They are also due to face world champions New Zealand in Tokyo on November 2.

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