Wales lose second Japan Test

A young Welsh side were outplayed by Japan in the second half of the second Test, in Tokyo. The hosts sealed a 23-8 victory. Wales won the first Test of the summer tour 22-18.

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Full-time: Japan 23-8 Wales

Wales have been convincingly beaten by an inspired Japan in the second Test, in Tokyo.

Winger Tom Prydie touched down for a Welsh try, to extend their narrow half-time lead.

The hosts hit back though with two tries of their own, outplaying an inexperienced Wales side in the second half.

Half-time: Japan 6-3 Wales

Wales trail 6-3 after the first half of the second Test against Japan, in Tokyo.

The visitors have dominated possession and territory, but failed to take their chances.

Fly half Dan Biggar kicked their only points with a straightforward penalty.

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Full Wales team v Japan

  • Liam Williams
  • Harry Robinson
  • Owen Williams
  • Jonathan Spratt
  • Tom Prydie
  • Dan Biggar
  • Lloyd Williams
  • Rhys Gill
  • Emyr Philips
  • Scott Andrews
  • Bradley Davies (Capt)
  • Lou Reed
  • James King
  • Josh Navidi
  • Andries Pretorius

Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Rhodri Jones, Craig Mitchel, Andrew Coombs, Dan Baker, Tavis Knoyle, Rhys Patchell, Dafydd Howells

Wales team v Japan

Four personnel and and one positional change for Wales. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi will make his international debut at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, in a side that also sees Tom Prydie (Dragons), Rhys Gill (Saracens) and Andries Pretorius (Blues), come into the starting XV.

Edwards 'proud' of 'tremendous' Wales win over Japan

Shaun Edwards says Wales are well set ahead of their second Test with Japan next Saturday. Credit: PA

Assistant coach Shaun Edwards says a narrow victory over Japan on Saturday was a "tremendous" achievement for a young Welsh side.

Wales, led by Robin McBryde this summer and missing rafts of players to the Lions tour of Australia, came through 22-18.

"A lot of the lads in the team hadn't played a lot of Test match rugby and hadn't played in a number of weeks, and factor in the heat and humidity, it was a good result."

"We got on with the job, showed a lot more fluidity in the second half. We battled it out and we have a lot to be proud of."

Japan 18 - 22 Wales

Wales were made to sweat to win the first Test of their tour of Japan. Robin McBryde's inexperienced team trailed 11-6 at half time, Michael Broadhurst scoring a try for the Cherry Blossoms. But slick handling by Wales put in wing Harry Robinson for a score, and Wales hung on for the win.

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Starting XV for Wales v Japan

  • Liam Williams (Scarlets)
  • Harry Robinson (Blues)
  • Owen Williams (Blues)
  • Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys)
  • Dafydd Howells (Ospreys)
  • Dan Biggar (Ospreys)
  • Lloyd Williams (Blues)
  • Ryan Bevington (Ospreys)
  • Emyr Phillips (Scarlets)
  • Scott Andrews (Blues)
  • Bradley Davies (captain, Blues)
  • Lou Reed (Blues)
  • Andrew Coombs (Dragons)
  • James King (Ospreys)
  • Rob McCusker (Scarlets)

Wales team to face Japan named

Ospreys teenager Dafydd Howells heads four uncapped players named in the Wales starting XV to face Japan in Osaka on Saturday.

The 18-year-old wing has been named alongside clubmate James King, Blues and Wales sevens centre Owen Williams and Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips.

Full Wales squad for tour of Japan

Wales will play Japan in Osaka on 8 June, and then in Tokyo on 15 June.

Tour coach Robin McBryde trimmed his initial training squad down to a touring party of 27:

Forwards: Ryan Bevington, Rhys Gill, Emyr Phillips, Scott Baldwin, Scott Andrews, Craig Mitchell, Rhodri Jones, Bradley Davies, Lou Reed, Andrew Coombs, James King, Aaron Shingler, Dan Baker, Rob McCusker, Andries Pretorius.

Backs: Lloyd Williams, Tavis Knoyle, Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Ashley Beck, Owen Williams, Jonathan Spratt, Dafydd Howells, Liam Williams, Harry Robinson, Tom Prydie, Steven Shingler.

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