All Blacks to play 2018 Test in Japan

All Blacks to play 2018 Test in Japan

Newstalk ZB's political editor Barry Soper says there's an expectation with Japan hosting the World Cup, the All Blacks will play a test there next year. The All Blacks were drawn alongside South Africa in Pool B, and should they top the group, they will meet the second-placed team from Pool A in the quarter-finals, most likely one of Ireland, Scotland or Japan.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the contest against the Brave Blossoms, who are coached by former Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph, would be ideal preparation ahead of defending the William Webb Ellis Cup in Japan the following year.

Some media reports say New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English will do the honours at an event in Tokyo today.

"The Test will not only provide a great opportunity to prepare for the 2018 end of year tour, it also gives the team first-hand experience of playing in Japan less than a year out from the tournament", Tew was quoted as saying on New Zealand website Stuff.

"Matches don't come much bigger than against the current world champions".

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"Will we play Japan or any games in Japan between now and then?" They played Japan in Tokyo twice in 1987 (the matches weren't given test match status) and again in 2013.

"We're just going to see how the schedule looks and how the Top League season goes, and what type of contract we can negotiate", Leitch said.

Speculation is mounting that details of a clash are due to be announced.

The trip to Japan will be New Zealand's first since 2013, when the visitors won 54-6 - the closest the matchup has ever been in the five times the two teams have met.

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