England to return to Japan for two-Test tour in 2020
London (AFP) –
England will return to Japan in July to face the Brave Blossoms in a two-Test series, the RFU announced on Friday.
Both sides excelled at the rugby World Cup as hosts Japan reached the quarter-finals for the first time, while England fell just short of winning the tournament for a second time in losing the final to South Africa last weekend.
"Japan were fantastic Rugby World Cup hosts and we feel humbled to have been a part of it," said England coach Eddie Jones in the RFU statement.
The Australian, who is part-Japanese, led the Brave Blossoms at the 2015 World Cup.
"The England squad had a fantastic experience of the country and we are excited to return in July next year.
"The Japan national team have shown again how good a side they are with their performances during the World Cup and I know they will provide a great test for us in July."
The first Test will take place in Oita on July 4 before both sides travel to Kobe for the second clash on July 11.
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