Wales to travel to Japan for two Test series against the Brave Blossoms in 2013
12:27 GMT, 24 September 2012
Wales will face Asian champions Japan in a two-match test series next June.
Warren Gatland’s men will travel to Japan to face the Brave Blossoms in Osaka on June 8 and in Tokyo on June 15.
Japan coach Eddie Jones insisted his side needed more games against top opposition in order to stand any chance of improving on their wretched run of results at World Cups.
Heading to Japan: Wales coach Warren Gatland will take his side for two Tests
'Back in May, the Welsh under 20s beat Japan by at least 90 points,’ the Australian said
'There is a big gap between the level of rugby played in Japan and international rugby.’
Japan's one World Cup victory in 24 matches came against Zimbabwe in 1991.
'These two tests are so important,’ said Jones. ‘But two are not enough. You can't play low level teams and improve. We need 10 games like this a year.’
Wales last played in Japan in 2001, when they swept a two-test series after suffering an embarrassing defeat by Suntory in their opening tour game.