Farrell's Irish to host Japan next autumn
The first year of Andy Farrell's tenure is coming into sharper focus with the confirmation that Ireland will welcome Japan to Dublin next autumn.
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No doubt seeking swift revenge for the defeat back in September that derailed their World Cup, Ireland will host the Brave Blossoms on November 21, 2020, adding to expected games against newly-minted world champions South Africa and Australia in the next set of Autumn Internationals.
Farrell has taken over from Joe Schmidt after the Kiwi's six years in charge came to a close with the World Cup quarter-final exit to the All Blacks last month and will have his first game in charge against Scotland in Dublin when the Six Nations begins in the first week of February, while a two-Test summer tour to Australia was confirmed last week.
Japan's first visit to Dublin since the year 2000 will no doubt be well received as the game looks to capitalise on the momentum of their home World Cup and tries to establish the Brave Blossoms among the international elite.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: "There has been much talk about the future of the Brave Blossoms.
"Our message is clear, we'll do everything within our power to support them and all emerging teams to get regular access and meaningful fixtures in high-level competitions. That includes matches against England and Ireland in the next 12 months."
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