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Aviva Premiership
Gloucester line up Japan clash
ESPN Staff
September 19, 2013

Aviva Premiership side Gloucester have announced that they will play Japan at Kingsholm on November 12.

Japan, who recently made history by beating Six Nations champions Wales in a Test match for the first time, are currently on course to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015 and if they were to secure the Asia 1 berth then they would play two pool games at the Cherry and White's iconic ground.

The game is set to fall midway through Japan's end of year campaign that will see them tackle New Zealand in Tokyo (November 2), Scotland at Murrayfield (November 9), Russia at Colwyn Bay (November 15) and Spain in Madrid (November 23).

Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan commented: "Japan are developing a proud rugby heritage with over 125,000 registered players. Their recent success over Wales shows the talent that they possess and how our squad will be challenged.

"We know that Gloucester supporters love to watch international talent grace the Kingsholm turf and, with Gloucester a likely destination on Japan's World Cup 2015 schedule, we hope that the Cherry Blossoms will become an adopted nation in the city."

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