Japan to host All Blacks in 2018

The All Blacks will play a Test in Japan in 2018 to help promote the 2019 World Cup.

It will take place on 3 November, with the venue to be confirmed later this year.

The All Blacks last played in Japan in 2013, when they beat the Brave Blossoms 54-6 in Tokyo.

'Interest in rugby in Japan is on a high and will only build as we get closer to the 2019 World Cup,' NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew said in a statement.

'The Test will not only provide a great opportunity to prepare for the 2018 end-of-year tour, it also gives the team first-hand experience of playing in Japan less than a year out from the tournament.'

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