Rugby: Japan makes history, wins over Wales

5 years ago by in Sports

Japan recorded a historic win on Saturday over Six Nations champions Wales. Japan’s victory of 23-8 is its first one ever over a major rugby nation in nearly 80 years of international competition.

Second-half tries from players Craig Wing and Michael Broadhurst wrote a new record for Japan against the Wales.

The match was played in hot and humid weather at Tokyo’s Chichibunomiya Stadium. Japan took an early lead through a Ayumu Goromaru penalty. Goromaru was also the man who set Japan’s victory three minutes before the end of the game, with another penalty that brought along celebrations in Tokyo.

The victory will lift 15th-ranked Japan in their fight to join rugby’s top 10 by the next World Cup in 2015.

Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The Nippon rugby team has played in all seven editions of the tournament so far but have won only once, against Zimbabwe in 1991, according to the international press.

Japan has played against Wales various times before, and lost so far at giant score differences, including a 98-0 blow-out in 2004.