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History of rugby union matches between Japan and South Africa

Japan and South Africa have met only three times.[1] They played in the opening match of Pool B in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where in an upset Japan defeated two-time Rugby World Cup winners South Africa 34–32. The match is considered by many as the biggest upset in rugby union history.[2][3]

SummaryEdit

OverallEdit

Details Played Won by
  Japan
Won by
  South Africa
Drawn Japan points South Africa points
In Japan 2 0 2 0 10 67
In South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neutral venue 1 1 0 0 34 32
Overall 3 1 2 0 44 99

RecordsEdit

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Japan South Africa
Longest winning streak 1 (19 September 2015–6 September 2019) 2 (6 September 2019-Present)
Largest points for
Home 7 (6 September 2019) N/A
Away 34 (19 September 2015) 41 (6 September 2019)
Largest winning margin
Home N/A N/A
Away 2 (19 September 2015) 34 (6 September 2019)
Largest aggregate score
66 (South Africa 32 – 34 Japan) (19 September 2015)

ResultsEdit

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
1 19 September 2015 Falmer Stadium, Brighton, England 32 – 34   Japan 2015 Rugby World Cup
2 6 September 2019 Kumagaya Rugby Ground, Kumagaya 7 – 41   South Africa 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches
3 20 October 2019 Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu 3 – 26   South Africa 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Test matches - Team records". ESPN scrum. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2015: South Africa 32-34 Japan". BBC Sport. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  3. ^ Stadium, Robert Kitson at Brighton Community (19 September 2015). "Japan beat South Africa in greatest Rugby World Cup shock ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2017.