Japan and Russia bound for Colwyn Bay
Only five months after beating the Welsh national side in Tokyo, Japan will travel to the principality to face Russia in an IRB International Rugby Series encounter at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay on 15 November.
The 5,500 capacity venue – which is the home of Welsh Under 20 international matches – hosted four matches in the inaugural IRB International Rugby Series in 2012 involving Samoa, Canada, Tonga, USA and Russia.
“We are delighted to return again to Parc Eirias this November with an IRB International Rugby Series fixture,” said IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan.
“The facilities at the venue are outstanding and worthy of hosting this important fixture between two of our important Strategic Investment Unions, Japan and Russia.
“I have no doubt that the local rugby fans will come out and support the fixture and the teams with the same enthusiasm as they did last year.”
The Russia-Japan match is part of a record schedule of international matches for Tier Two nations in November, which also involves Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, USA, Canada, Romania, Uruguay, Portugal, Georgia, Chile, Brazil and Spain.
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The return to Parc Eirias has been brought about through close liaison with, and support from, Conwy County Borough Council and the Welsh Government and is set to be a major boost to rugby in the area, as well as the local economy.
“I am proud to announce this fixture which is somewhat of a landmark for the WRU and Parc Eirias, and certainly a fantastic boost for Conwy and the surrounding area. This fixture will be broadcast across the world and we are confident of another positive picture of Wales being beamed around the globe,” said the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.
WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis added: “It is with great pleasure that we will be welcoming Japan back to Wales this November after taking our touring side to their shores this summer.
“It will also not go unnoticed in Eirias that Japan pulled off an historic victory over Wales during the second Test of the tour and the fans will be looking forward to seeing what they have to offer up close.
“We are certain the rugby public of North Wales will fully support this initiative and give the visiting teams a great welcome.”