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Scotland to host Rugby World Cup foes Japan at Murrayfield

The match stands as a continuation of the long-standing relationship between the two nations.

World Cup: Japan ended Scotland's hopes in the competition.
World Cup: Japan ended Scotland's hopes in the competition. Getty Images

Scotland will host Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists Japan in the 2020 Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield Stadium next November.

The prospect of a rematch against the Brave Blossoms will be an appealing one to supporters and players alike after Japan ended Scotland's hopes of a place in the last eight in a thrilling contest in Yokohama last month.

The match stands as a continuation of the long-standing relationship between the two nations, further underpinned by a strategic alliance signed with the city of Nagasaki in 2016 and the Autumn Test match between Scotland Women and Japan Women at Scotstoun later this month.

Mark Dodson, Scottish Rugby chief executive, said: "We're delighted to announce Japan as one of three exciting opponents for next year's Autumn Tests as part of an enduring relationship formalised in 2014.

"The strong relationship between the two nations is built on hundreds of years of historic trade and commerce and it's fantastic that this can continue through our sport, on and off the field, in both the men's and women's games.

"Japan have been outstanding hosts of Rugby World Cup 2019 and it will be an honour to host them next November and continue to build on the strong ties between our two nations."

The test will be ninth meeting between the sides and the fourth time Scotland have hosted Japan on home soil, with the narrowing score lines - leading to the nation's first win over Scotland in the world cup - indicative of their rising standing in the world game.

Scotland's remaining 2020 Autumn Test opponents will be announced later this year.

Scotland Women 2019 Autumn Tests

  • Saturday, November 17: Scotland v Wales, Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 3.10pm) 
  • Saturday, November 24: Scotland v Japan, Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 1pm) 
  • Saturday, January 19: Spain v Scotland, Almeria (kick-off 11am GMT)

Scotland Men 2020 Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield

Saturday, November 7: Scotland v TBC

Saturday, November 14: Scotland v Japan

Saturday, November 21: Scotland v TBC

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