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Ambassador of Ireland looks forward to Ireland/ Japan Rugby Test Match on Saturday 3 July, 2021

The game will take place in Dublin on 3 July and will be the first time for the two sides to meet since the RWC match at Ecopa Stadium in 2019.
Kick-off on 3 July is at 21.00 Japan Standard Time, this Saturday, 3 July, 2021

Mr Paul Kavanagh, Ambassador of Ireland, says that the entire Team Ireland in Japan hopes that everyone will enjoy the Ireland v Japan game at the Aviva stadium in Dublin on 3 July 2021.

He said: "Everyone in Ireland is looking forward to welcoming the very popular and accomplished Japan National Rugby team to Dublin this weekend.

This will be the first encounter between Ireland and Japan since the extraordinary game during the group stages at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, Japan. Although Ireland lost then, everyone agreed that Japan were worthy winners".

"Tens of thousands of Irish rugby supporters travelled to Japan in 2019 to enjoy the great occasion of the World Cup and brought back home with them wonderful memories of this country and of the exceptionally warm welcome that they received from the people of Japan".

"Since then, the Embassy of Ireland in Tokyo has been building links with the Japan Rugby/ JRFU and community-based organisations, especially in Shizuoka and the city of Fukuroi, where the Japan v Ireland game took place in 2019. Building on this, in the summer of 2021, Fukuroi City will host 'Team Ireland' for the pre-games (Olympics) training period".

"Rugby is about respect, including for opponents, elders and mentors. We look forward to building our sporting links with Japan, based on these strong pillars.

This weekend’s match in Dublin will be a moment to renew the bonds of friendship between Ireland and Japan which were strengthened so much during RWC 2019"

I wish both teams well this Saturday; may the better team win!"













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