2017 Ireland rugby union tour of Japan

In June 2017, Ireland played a two-test series against Japan as part of the 2017 mid-year rugby union tests. It was the first time Ireland had played a test series against Japan in Japan since 2005. The series was part of the fifth year of the global rugby calendar established by the International Rugby Board, which runs through to 2019.[1]

2017 Ireland rugby union tour of Japan
Coach(es)Joe Schmidt
Tour captain(s)Rhys Ruddock
Top test point scorer(s)Paddy Jackson (23)
Top test try scorer(s)
Four players
Summary
P W D L
Total
02 02 00 00
Test match
02 02 00 00
Opponent
P W D L
 Japan
2 2 0 0
Tour chronology
Previous tourSouth Africa 2016
Next tourAustralia 2018

FixturesEdit

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
17 June 2017, 14:00 JST (UTC+09) Shizuoka Stadium, Shizuoka Japan   22–50   Ireland
24 June 2017, 14:40 JST (UTC+09) Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo Japan   13–35   Ireland

SquadsEdit

Note: Ages, caps and clubs are as per 17 June, the first test match of the tour.

IrelandEdit

On 16 May 2017, Joe Schmidt named a 31-man squad for the 2017 Summer Tour.[2] On 22 May, Connacht lock Quinn Roux was added to the squad.[3] On 31 May, Tommy O'Donnell was ruled out of the tour due to an ankle injury.[4] Following an ankle injury sustained in the test against the United States, fly-half Joey Carbery was ruled out of the remainder of the tour. Ulster's Sean Reidy was also called up to replace Tommy O'Donnell.[5]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Dave Heffernan Hooker (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 30) 1 Connacht
Niall Scannell Hooker (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 29) 5 Munster
James Tracy Hooker (1991-04-02) 2 April 1991 (age 30) 2 Leinster
Finlay Bealham Prop (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 29) 6 Connacht
Cian Healy Prop (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 33) 68 Leinster
Dave Kilcoyne Prop (1988-12-14) 14 December 1988 (age 32) 18 Munster
Andrew Porter Prop (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 25) 1 Leinster
John Ryan Prop (1988-08-02) 2 August 1988 (age 32) 7 Munster
Quinn Roux Lock (1990-10-30) 30 October 1990 (age 30) 2 Connacht
James Ryan Lock (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 24) 1 Leinster
Devin Toner Lock (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 34) 48 Leinster
Kieran Treadwell Lock (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 25) 0 Ulster
Dan Leavy Flanker (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 26) 3 Leinster
Tommy O'Donnell Flanker (1987-06-21) 21 June 1987 (age 33) 12 Munster
Sean Reidy Flanker (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 31) 1 Ulster
Rhys Ruddock (c) Flanker (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 30) 14 Leinster
Josh van der Flier Flanker (1993-04-25) 25 April 1993 (age 27) 8 Leinster
Jack Conan Number 8 (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 28) 2 Leinster
Jack O'Donoghue Number 8 (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 27) 1 Munster
John Cooney Scrum-half (1990-05-01) 1 May 1990 (age 30) 0 Connacht
Kieran Marmion Scrum-half (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 29) 14 Connacht
Luke McGrath Scrum-half (1993-02-03) 3 February 1993 (age 28) 3 Leinster
Joey Carbery Fly-half (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 25) 4 Leinster
Paddy Jackson Fly-half (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 29) 23 Ulster
Luke Marshall Centre (1991-03-03) 3 March 1991 (age 30) 10 Ulster
Garry Ringrose Centre (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 26) 9 Leinster
Rory Scannell Centre (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 26) 1 Munster
Andrew Conway Wing (1991-07-11) 11 July 1991 (age 29) 1 Munster
Keith Earls Wing (1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 33) 60 Munster
Rory O'Loughlin Wing (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 27) 0 Leinster
Jacob Stockdale Wing (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 25) 1 Ulster
Tiernan O'Halloran Fullback (1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 30) 4 Connacht
Simon Zebo Fullback (1990-03-16) 16 March 1990 (age 31) 34 Munster

JapanEdit

On 29 May, Jamie Joseph named a 33-man squad ahead of their two-test series against Ireland and one-off test match against Romania.[6]

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Yusuke Niwai Hooker (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 29) 1   Sunwolves
Takeshi Hino Hooker (1990-01-20) 20 January 1990 (age 31) 4   Sunwolves
Shota Horie (c) Hooker (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 35) 50   Sunwolves
Takuma Asahara Prop (1987-09-07) 7 September 1987 (age 33) 6   Sunwolves
Yu Chinen Prop (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 30) 6   Toshiba Brave Lupus
Shintaro Ishihara Prop (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 30) 4   Suntory Sungoliath
Keita Inagaki Prop (1990-06-02) 2 June 1990 (age 30) 14   Sunwolves
Heiichiro Ito Prop (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 30) 5   Sunwolves
Koki Yamamoto Prop (1990-10-29) 29 October 1990 (age 30) 4   Sunwolves
Kyosuke Kajikawa Lock (1987-09-05) 5 September 1987 (age 33) 4   Sunwolves
Uwe Helu Lock (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 30) 4   Sunwolves
Shinya Makabe Lock (1987-03-26) 26 March 1987 (age 34) 34   Sunwolves
Kotaro Yatabe Lock (1986-07-29) 29 July 1986 (age 34) 13   Sunwolves
Yoshitaka Tokunaga Flanker (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 29) 5   Sunwolves
Hendrik Tui Flanker (1987-12-13) 13 December 1987 (age 33) 39   Queensland Reds
Michael Leitch Flanker (1988-10-07) 7 October 1988 (age 32) 48   Chiefs
Amanaki Mafi Number 8 (1990-01-11) 11 January 1990 (age 31) 14   Melbourne Rebels
Shuhei Matsuhashi Number 8 (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 27) 6   Sunwolves
Fumiaki Tanaka Scrum-half (1985-01-03) 3 January 1985 (age 36) 59   Sunwolves
Yutaka Nagare Scrum-half (1992-09-04) 4 September 1992 (age 28) 4   Sunwolves
Keisuke Uchida Scrum-half (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 29) 22   Sunwolves
Rikiya Matsuda Fly-half (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 26) 7   Panasonic Wild Knights
Jumpei Ogura Fly-half (1992-07-11) 11 July 1992 (age 28) 3   Sunwolves
Yu Tamura Fly-half (1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 32) 43   Sunwolves
Harumichi Tatekawa (c) Centre (1989-12-02) 2 December 1989 (age 31) 51   Sunwolves
Derek Carpenter Centre (1988-07-26) 26 July 1988 (age 32) 1   Sunwolves
Timothy Lafaele Centre (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 29) 5   Sunwolves
Will Tupou Centre (1990-07-20) 20 July 1990 (age 30) 0   Sunwolves
Shota Emi Wing (1991-12-08) 8 December 1991 (age 29) 0   Sunwolves
Kenki Fukuoka Wing (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 28) 20   Sunwolves
Akihito Yamada Wing (1985-07-26) 26 July 1985 (age 35) 22   Panasonic Wild Knights
Kotaro Matsushima Fullback (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 28) 23   Sunwolves
Ryuji Noguchi Fullback (1995-07-15) 15 July 1995 (age 25) 9   Tokai University

MatchesEdit

First TestEdit

17 June 2017
14:00 JST (UTC+09)
Japan   22–50   Ireland
Try: Noguchi 59' c
Fukuoka 76' m
Nagare 78' c
Con: Matsuda (2/3) 60', 79'
Pen: Tamura (1/1) 14'
Report Try: Earls (2) 11' c, 70' m
Leavy (2) 24' c, 28' c
Conan (2) 30' c, 45' c
Ringrose 65' c
Con: Jackson (5/5) 12', 25', 29', 32', 46'
R. Scannell (1/2) 66'
Pen: Jackson (1/1) 6'
FB 15 Ryuji Noguchi
RW 14 Kotaro Matsushima
OC 13 Will Tupou
IC 12 Derek Carpenter   66'
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka
FH 10 Yu Tamura   58'
SH 9 Fumiaki Tanaka   54'
N8 8 Amanaki Mafi   40'
OF 7 Yoshitaka Tokunaga
BF 6 Michael Leitch
RL 5 Uwe Helu   54'
LL 4 Kotaro Yatabe
TP 3 Heiichiro Ito   24' to 34'   58'
HK 2 Shota Horie (c)   54'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki   40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Yusuke Niwai   54'
PR 17 Shintaro Ishihara   40'
PR 18 Takuma Asahara   58'
FL 19 Hendrik Tui   40'
N8 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi   54'
SH 21 Yutaka Nagare   54'
CE 22 Ryohei Yamanaka   66'
FB 23 Rikiya Matsuda   58'
Coach:
  Jamie Joseph
FB 15 Simon Zebo   40'
RW 14 Andrew Conway   51' to 61'
OC 13 Garry Ringrose   67'
IC 12 Rory Scannell
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Paddy Jackson   61'
SH 9 Luke McGrath
N8 8 Jack Conan   75'
OF 7 Dan Leavy   53'   58'
BF 6 Rhys Ruddock (c)   63'   72'
RL 5 Devin Toner   61'
LL 4 Quinn Roux
TP 3 John Ryan   61'   78'
HK 2 Niall Scannell   54'
LP 1 Cian Healy   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 James Tracy   54'
PR 17 Dave Kilcoyne   58'
PR 18 Finlay Bealham   61'   78'
LK 19 Kieran Treadwell   61'
N8 20 Jack O'Donoghue   53'   58'   63'   72'   75'
SH 21 Kieran Marmion   67'
WG 22 Rory O'Loughlin   61'
FB 23 Tiernan O'Halloran   40'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Touch judges:
JP Doyle (England)
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

Second TestEdit

24 June 2017
14:40 JST (UTC+09)
Japan   13–35   Ireland
Try: Matsushima 23' m
Yamada 61' m
Pen: Ogura (1/1) 14'
Report Try: Ringrose 2' c
van der Flier 10' c
Marmion 16' c
Ruddock 30' c
Reidy 77' c
Con: Jackson (5/5) 3', 11', 18', 31', 78'
Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 29,354
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
FB 15 Ryuji Noguchi   67'
RW 14 Akihito Yamada
OC 13 Kotaro Matsushima
IC 12 Yu Tamura
LW 11 Kenki Fukuoka
FH 10 Jumpei Ogura   40'
SH 9 Yutaka Nagare   52'
N8 8 Amanaki Mafi
OF 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi   67'
BF 6 Michael Leitch (c)
RL 5 Uwe Helu   63'
LL 4 Luke Thompson
TP 3 Takuma Asahara   40'
HK 2 Yusuke Niwai   40'
LP 1 Shintaro Ishihara   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Shota Horie   40'
PR 17 Keita Inagaki   47'
PR 18 Takayuki Watanabe   40'
LK 19 Kotaro Yatabe   63'
FL 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga   67'
SH 21 Fumiaki Tanaka   52'
FH 22 Rikiya Matsuda   40'
CE 23 Ryohei Yamanaka   67'
Coach:
  Jamie Joseph
FB 15 Andrew Conway
RW 14 Keith Earls   54'
OC 13 Garry Ringrose   78'
IC 12 Luke Marshall
LW 11 Jacob Stockdale
FH 10 Paddy Jackson
SH 9 Kieran Marmion   72'
N8 8 Jack Conan
OF 7 Josh van der Flier   67'
BF 6 Rhys Ruddock (c)   54'   60'
RL 5 Devin Toner
LL 4 Kieran Treadwell   51'
TP 3 John Ryan   60'
HK 2 James Tracy   51'
LP 1 Cian Healy   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Niall Scannell   51'
PR 17 Dave Kilcoyne   60'
PR 18 Andrew Porter   60'
LK 19 James Ryan   51'
FL 20 Sean Reidy   54'   60'   67'
SH 21 John Cooney   72'
FH 22 Rory Scannell   78'
FB 23 Tiernan O'Halloran   54'
Coach:
  Joe Schmidt

Touch judges:
Mathieu Raynal (France)
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

StatisticsEdit

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
  • Pts: Points

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rugby Week". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  2. ^ "Eight Uncapped Players In Ireland Summer Tour Squad". irishrugby.ie. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Quinn Roux Added To Ireland Summer Tour Squad". irishrugby.ie. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "O'Donnell Ruled Out Of USA & Japan Tour". munsterrugby.ie. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Joey Carbery injury woe as he is ruled out for remainder of Ireland's Summer Tour". independent.ie. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Le groupe japonais pour les tests matchs de juin 2017