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Wales v Japan - match facts

Published 18/11/2016

Leigh Halfpenny is set to start on the wing for Wales for the first time in five years
Leigh Halfpenny is set to start on the wing for Wales for the first time in five years

Wales host Japan in Cardiff on Saturday looking to build on an impressive record against the Cherry Blossoms.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the facts and figures surrounding the contest.

* The countries have met on nine occasions. Wales lead the series 8-1.

* Wales' record win against Japan was a 98-0 success in Cardiff 12 years ago, while Japan boast a best of 23-8 in Tokyo during Wales' 2013 summer tour.

* Japan make their first Test match visit this weekend to play Wales in Cardiff since 2007.

* Wales have scored a total of 289 points during four previous Test match encounters at home against Japan.

* Japan's victory over Georgia in Tbilisi last weekend was their first win since Jamie Joseph took over as head coach.

* Ospreys' 18-year-old wing Keelan Giles will become the 11th youngest Wales international of all-time if he makes his Test debut off the replacements' bench on Saturday.

* Wales field just three starting XV survivors - full-back Liam Williams, scrum-half Lloyd Williams and back-row forward James King - from the team beaten by Japan in Tokyo three years ago.

* Wales are set for their biggest crowd of this season's autumn series, with more than 70,000 people expected at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

* Leigh Halfpenny will start his first game on the wing for Wales this weekend since the 2011 World Cup.

* Only two Wales players - centre Jonathan Davies and lock Alun Wyn Jones - remain in the same starting positions against Japan that they filled in last weekend's victory over Argentina.

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