Wallabies to play in Japan in 2017
The Wallabies and Japan will do battle in an international fixture in the Asian nation next year, it has been confirmed.
Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced the clash on Thursday, with the Test scheduled for November 4, 2017 at a venue yet to be determined.
While Australia have played one Test in Japan previously - a 32-19 Bledisloe Cup defeat to New Zealand in 2009 - it will be the first meeting between the two teams on Japanese soil.
"This Test match will be an historic occasion as the Qantas Wallabies play their first Test match against Japan on Japanese soil, less than two years before Japan hosts its first ever Rugby World Cup in 2019," ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said in a statement.
"Japan's win against South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup is legendary and the rise of Japanese Rugby has continued with the inclusion of the Sunwolves in the Super Rugby competition this year.
"This match will give the Wallabies a taste of playing Test Rugby in Japanese conditions ahead of the World Cup and will springboard their tour of Europe and the United Kingdom next year."
Australia have never lost to Japan in four previous games, with the Wallabies running out comprehensive 91-3 victors in the most recent meeting at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Following the showdown in Japan next year, Michael Cheika's Wallabies will head to Europe to face rivals England on November 18 among other clashes to be announced on their tour.