The Pacific Nations Cup will kick off in a little over a month with Fiji, Japan, Tonga, Samoa United States, and Canada all taking part in 2019. Fans who want to watch the live action of Rugby can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online.
Of course, like most events around this time of year, the PNC is really a warm-up for 2019’s showcase event the RWC 2019.
Japan World Cup host nation the PNC will be particularly important as the side has only one other test match scheduled in 2019 against the Springboks.
Super Rugby commitments and Rugby World Cup training camps it’s been a somewhat disorganized season for many of Japan’s councils. One player, who hasn’t had to deal with as tough a schedule is Brave Blossoms captain Michael Leitch.
If that Leitch is fully fit Japan’s first match of the Pacific Nations Cup against Fiji on 27, July will mark over 7 months meanwhile the New Zealand born loose-forward last played a game of first-class rugby.
A chronic groin injury has run Leitch out of all rugby matches since Top League side Toshiba Brave Lupus last match of 2018. The Japanese Rugby captain only started training well last week and has had discussions with specialists from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Leitch said to the Japanese news outlet. “I’ve got four games to get ready and my 10 years of experience.”
“I’m starting to come right at a good time and I’m looking at returning for that Fiji game and the PNC. Otherwise, I’ll be a bit nervous coming into the World Cup with no games under my belt.”
Jamie Joseph coach was adamant that Leitch would be a part of the Rugby World Cup squad even if he hadn’t played any matches prior to tournament kick-off and Joseph had to wait until the night before or even an hour before the Russia game to confirm Leitch’s fitness.
Japan will be watching to build into their season with PNC matches against Fiji, Tonga, and the United States before taking on Russia in the opening match of the World Cup.
Japan would be expected have to notch up 3 wins from their 4 matches That’s a definitely doable challenge given that Japan has beaten Samoa and Russia in the past and have come close to toppling Ireland and Scotland on a number of occasions.
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