Japan Set To Join Tier One Competition On The Back Of Rugby World Cup Success

Brave Blossoms.

Japan look set to join a Tier One competition following their Rugby World Cup success with SANZAAR set to hold a meeting in Tokyo on Friday, where they’ll discuss how to get the Brave Blossoms into the Rugby Championship.

Newshub are reporting that getting Japan into the competition has become a huge priority, with a return to Super Rugby for the Sunwolves also potentially on the cards.

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The franchise was dropped from the competition earlier this year, with Japanese Rugby refusing to underwrite the team’s participation beyond 2020. But apparently the board that made that decision has changed, and with it, attitudes within the union towards Japan’s participation in Super Rugby.

World Rugby boss Brett Gosper also suggested that there could be a tug of war between the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship to add Japan to their respective championships.

“Certainly if I was in their shoes I’d be very keen to have Japan in my competition sooner rather than later,” Gosper told Newshub.

“We proposed a nations championship that had Japan very much playing at the top table and maybe they’ll see it that way for their own particular championship.”