It's that time of year again where the rugby nations battle it out at the Autumnal internationals. Following their successful summer, Japan will be hoping to keep up the momentum when rivalling three teams later this month.

Earlier this year, Japan performed particularly well throughout their summer test match series. They played passionate rugby, stunning the Italian team in the opening match, thrashing them 34-17. However, on their second meeting, Italy edged ahead with the final score being 25-22 to the Italian team. Japan ended their final summer international test match against Georgia with an encouraging victory of 28-0.

After their last test match, Japan coach Jamie Joseph praised his side "for putting their bodies on the line" and said, "one of the big reasons Japan have been able to transition the learnings from Super Rugby to test-match level is the consistency of the players." Joseph also praised Japan team captain Michael Leitch for his leadership of the team and the other senior members of the side had been crucial to the success the team has had of late. "They understand what it takes to win a test match," he said.

Although it will be challenging, the Japan team are hoping to continue their momentum for the upcoming test matches. The first team they will battle are three-time Rugby World Cup winner, New Zealand, on Saturday 3 November. They will be playing in Tokyo Stadium, one of the 12 stadiums to host Rugby World Cup 2019. New Zealand and Japan have played five test matches since 1987, including two Rugby World Cup 2019™ games. As predicted, New Zealand has beaten Japan in every game. This will be a tough match for Japan, playing the top ranked rugby team in the world.

The second match against England, on Saturday 17 November will also be a test of skill. The two sides have only met once before in 1987, where the English team thrashed their opponent 60-7. England, a Rugby World Cup winner and playing on home soil will give them an advantage over the Japanese.

On Saturday 24 November, Japan will meet Russia again for the sixth time. Japan have won four out of the five previous matches. Japan are expected to win this game but it will be an interesting spectacle, as both these teams are part of the same pool group next year.

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