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Friday, 17th December 2010
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Japan to host Pacific Nations Cup

Tokyo is to host next year's rugby Pacific Nations Cup in July.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has confirmed that the four-nation competition will be played at the Prince Chichibu stadium in the capital city.

Tonga and Fiji will play in the opening game on July 2nd, with Japan taking on Samoa later on the same day.

On July 8th, Tonga will play Samoa and Fiji will take on Japan, with the final matches being played between Samoa and Fiji and Japan and Tonga on July 13th.

"Rugby in Asia is continuing to go from strength to strength and the IRB is delighted to award this major international tournament to Japan and a union that has been at the very heart of this growth," said IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset.

He added that Japan recently hosted a successful Junior World Championship and the country is also set to host the 2019 World Cup.

Written by Mark Smith.

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