2016 Scotland rugby union tour of Japan
Coach(es)Vern Cotter
Tour captain(s)Greig Laidlaw
Top test point scorer(s)Greig Laidlaw (28)
Top test try scorer(s)WP Nel (1)
Summary
P W D L
Total
02 02 00 00
Test match
02 02 00 00
Opponent
P W D L
 Japan
2 2 0 0
Tour chronology
Previous tourAmericas & South Africa 2014
Next tourAustralia, Fiji & Singapore 2017

In June 2016, the Scotland rugby union team toured Japan, their first tour of the Eastern Asian country since 1989. Scotland went into the tour on the back of two victories and a fourth-place finish in the 2016 Six Nations Championship while Japan entered the series following an eleventh consecutive Asia Rugby Championship title, and a test match against Canada. With the Brave Blossoms new head coach Jamie Joseph not taking over until August 2016, the Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett acted as caretaker coach for the two-test series.

Fixtures

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
18 June 2016, 19:20 JST (UTC+09) Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi Japan  13–26  Scotland
25 June 2016, 19:20 JST (UTC+09) Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo Japan  16–21  Scotland

Squads

Note: Ages, caps and clubs are as per 18 June, the first test match of the tour.

Japan

On 30 May, caretaker coach Mark Hammett named a 33-man squad for Japan's June tests against Canada and Scotland.[1]

On 1 June, Kyosuke Horie and Shokei Kin were added to the squad for the Canadian test on 11 June.[2]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Shota Horie Hooker (1986-01-21)21 January 1986 (aged 30) 42 Japan Sunwolves
Takeshi Kizu Hooker (1988-07-15)15 July 1988 (aged 27) 42 Japan Sunwolves
Futoshi Mori Hooker (1988-04-25)25 April 1988 (aged 28) 2 Japan Sunwolves
Kensuke Hatakeyama Prop (1985-08-02)2 August 1985 (aged 30) 73 England Newcastle Falcons
Keita Inagaki Prop (1990-06-02)2 June 1990 (aged 26) 11 Japan Sunwolves
Shinnosuke Kakinaga Prop (1991-12-19)19 December 1991 (aged 24) 6 Japan Sunwolves
Masataka Mikami Prop (1988-06-04)4 June 1988 (aged 28) 32 Japan Sunwolves
Naohiro Kotaki Lock (1992-06-13)13 June 1992 (aged 24) 5 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Hitoshi Ono Lock (1978-05-06)6 May 1978 (aged 38) 96 Japan Sunwolves
Kazuhiko Usami Lock (1992-03-17)17 March 1992 (aged 24) 9 Japan Sunwolves
Kotaro Yatabe Lock (1986-07-29)29 July 1986 (aged 29) 5 Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Taiyo Ando Flanker (1987-08-22)22 August 1987 (aged 28) 2 Japan Sunwolves
Kyosuke Horie Flanker (1990-07-11)11 July 1990 (aged 25) 3 Japan Yamaha Júbilo
Yoshiya Hosoda Flanker (1987-08-05)5 August 1987 (aged 28) 1 Japan Sunwolves
Shokei Kin Flanker (1991-10-03)3 October 1991 (aged 24) 4 Japan NTT Communications Shining Arcs
Hendrik Tui Flanker (1987-12-13)13 December 1987 (aged 28) 36 Australia Queensland Reds
Hiroki Yamamoto Flanker (1992-11-17)17 November 1992 (aged 23) 4 Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus
Koliniasi Holani Number 8 (1981-10-25)25 October 1981 (aged 34) 44 Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Amanaki Mafi Number 8 (1990-01-11)11 January 1990 (aged 26) 7 England Bath
Kaito Shigeno Scrum-half (1990-11-21)21 November 1990 (aged 25) 1 Japan Sunwolves
Fumiaki Tanaka Scrum-half (1985-01-03)3 January 1985 (aged 31) 54 New Zealand Highlanders
Keisuke Uchida Scrum-half (1992-02-22)22 February 1992 (aged 24) 16 Japan Sunwolves
Kosei Ono Fly-half (1987-04-17)17 April 1987 (aged 29) 33 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Harumichi Tatekawa Fly-half (1989-12-02)2 December 1989 (aged 26) 44 Japan Sunwolves
Tim Bennetts Centre (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 25) 3 Japan Canon Eagles
Ryoto Nakamura Centre (1991-06-03)3 June 1991 (aged 25) 8 Japan Suntory Sungoliath
Mifiposeti Paea Centre (1987-07-06)6 July 1987 (aged 28) 1 Japan Sunwolves
Male Sa'u Centre (1987-10-13)13 October 1987 (aged 28) 26 New Zealand Blues
Yu Tamura Centre (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 27) 36 Japan Sunwolves
Karne Hesketh Wing (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 30) 14 Japan Munakata Sanix Blues
Kentaro Kodama Wing (1992-01-28)28 January 1992 (aged 24) 4 Japan Panasonic Wild Knights
Kotaro Matsushima Wing (1993-02-26)26 February 1993 (aged 23) 17 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Yasutaka Sasakura Wing (1988-08-04)4 August 1988 (aged 27) 1 Japan Sunwolves
Rikiya Matsuda Fullback (1994-05-03)3 May 1994 (aged 22) 1 Japan Tokai University
Ryuji Noguchi Fullback (1995-07-15)15 July 1995 (aged 20) 4 Japan Tokai University

Scotland

On 9 May 2016, Vern Cotter named a 27-man squad for Scotland's June two-test series against Japan.[3]

On 16 May, Matt Scott was called up to the squad to replace the injured Alex Dunbar.[4]

On 19 May, Sean Lamont was called up to the squad to replace the injured Tim Visser.[5]

On 27 May, uncapped Huw Jones was called up to the squad to replace the injured Finn Russell.[6]

On 19 June, Gordon Reid was called up to the squad to replace the injured Alasdair Dickinson.[7]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Fraser Brown Hooker (1989-06-20)20 June 1989 (aged 26) 15 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Ross Ford Hooker (1984-04-23)23 April 1984 (aged 32) 99 Scotland Edinburgh
Stuart McInally Hooker (1990-08-09)9 August 1990 (aged 25) 7 Scotland Edinburgh
Alasdair Dickinson Prop (1983-09-11)11 September 1983 (aged 32) 57 Scotland Edinburgh
Moray Low Prop (1984-11-28)28 November 1984 (aged 31) 32 England Exeter Chiefs
WP Nel Prop (1986-04-30)30 April 1986 (aged 30) 13 Scotland Edinburgh
Gordon Reid Prop (1987-03-04)4 March 1987 (aged 29) 17 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Rory Sutherland Prop (1992-08-24)24 August 1992 (aged 23) 1 Scotland Edinburgh
Jonny Gray Lock (1994-03-14)14 March 1994 (aged 22) 23 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Richie Gray Lock (1989-08-24)24 August 1989 (aged 26) 56 France Castres
Tim Swinson Lock (1987-02-17)17 February 1987 (aged 29) 22 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
John Barclay Flanker (1986-09-24)24 September 1986 (aged 29) 50 Wales Scarlets
John Hardie Flanker (1988-07-27)27 July 1988 (aged 27) 10 Scotland Edinburgh
Josh Strauss Flanker (1986-10-23)23 October 1986 (aged 29) 8 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
David Denton Number 8 (1990-02-05)5 February 1990 (aged 26) 34 England Bath
Ryan Wilson Number 8 (1989-05-18)18 May 1989 (aged 27) 18 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Greig Laidlaw Scrum-half (1985-10-12)12 October 1985 (aged 30) 51 England Gloucester
Henry Pyrgos Scrum-half (1989-07-09)9 July 1989 (aged 26) 17 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Finn Russell Fly-half (1992-09-23)23 September 1992 (aged 23) 19 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Ruaridh Jackson Fly-half (1988-09-12)12 September 1988 (aged 27) 28 England Wasps
Alex Dunbar Centre (1990-04-23)23 April 1990 (aged 26) 16 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Peter Horne Centre (1989-10-05)5 October 1989 (aged 26) 18 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Huw Jones Centre (1993-12-17)17 December 1993 (aged 22) 0 South Africa Stormers
Matt Scott Centre (1990-09-30)30 September 1990 (aged 25) 34 Scotland Edinburgh
Duncan Taylor Centre (1989-09-05)5 September 1989 (aged 26) 17 England Saracens
Damien Hoyland Wing (1994-01-11)11 January 1994 (aged 22) 1 Scotland Edinburgh
Sean Lamont Wing (1981-01-15)15 January 1981 (aged 35) 104 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Sean Maitland Wing (1988-09-14)14 September 1988 (aged 27) 21 England London Irish
Tommy Seymour Wing (1988-07-01)1 July 1988 (aged 27) 27 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Tim Visser Wing (1987-05-29)29 May 1987 (aged 29) 26 England Harlequins
Stuart Hogg Fullback (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 23) 43 Scotland Glasgow Warriors

Matches

First test

18 June 2016
19:20 JST (UTC+09)
Japan 13–26 Scotland
Try: Horie 8' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 9'
Pen: Tamura (2/3) 28', 55'
Report[8]Try: Penalty try 37' c
Nel 41' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 38', 43'
Pen: Laidlaw (4/4) 4', 15', 19', 62'
Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi[9]
Attendance: 24,113
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
FB 15 Kotaro Matsushima downward-facing red arrow 15'
RW 14 Mifiposeti Paea
OC 13 Tim Bennetts
IC 12 Harumichi Tatekawa
LW 11 Yasutaka Sasakura
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Kaito Shigeno downward-facing red arrow 48'
N8 8 Amanaki Mafi
OF 7 Shokei Kin
BF 6 Hendrik Tui yellow card 34' to 44' downward-facing red arrow 78'
RL 5 Naohiro Kotaki
LL 4 Hitoshi Ono
TP 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama downward-facing red arrow 51'
HK 2 Shota Horie (c)
LP 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements:
HK 16 Takeshi Kizu
PR 17 Masataka Mikami
PR 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga upward-facing green arrow 51'
LK 19 Kotaro Yatabe
FL 20 Hiroki Yamamoto upward-facing green arrow 78'
SH 21 Keisuke Uchida upward-facing green arrow 48'
FH 22 Kosei Ono
FB 23 Rikiya Matsuda yellow card 37' to 47' upward-facing green arrow 15'
Coach:
New Zealand Mark Hammett
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Duncan Taylor downward-facing red arrow 66'
IC 12 Matt Scott
LW 11 Damien Hoyland downward-facing red arrow 56'
FH 10 Ruaridh Jackson
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 Ryan Wilson downward-facing red arrow 64'
OF 7 John Hardie
BF 6 John Barclay
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Richie Gray downward-facing red arrow 66'
TP 3 WP Nel downward-facing red arrow 64'
HK 2 Stuart McInally downward-facing red arrow 47'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson downward-facing red arrow 3'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown upward-facing green arrow 47'
PR 17 Rory Sutherland upward-facing green arrow 3'
PR 18 Moray Low upward-facing green arrow 64'
LK 19 Tim Swinson upward-facing green arrow 66'
N8 20 David Denton upward-facing green arrow 64'
SH 21 Henry Pyrgos
CE 22 Peter Horne upward-facing green arrow 66'
WG 23 Sean Maitland upward-facing green arrow 56'
Coach:
New Zealand Vern Cotter

Touch judges:
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Brendan Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ian Smith (Australia)

Second test

25 June 2016
19:20 JST (UTC+09)
Japan 16–21 Scotland
Try: Shigeno 20' c
Con: Tamura (1/1) 21'
Pen: Tamura (3/3) 6', 29', 49'
Report[10]Pen: Pyrgos (3/4) 2', 15', 25'
Laidlaw (4/4) 52', 60', 70', 77'
Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo[9]
Attendance: 34,073
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
FB 15 Rikiya Matsuda downward-facing red arrow 77'
RW 14 Male Sa'u
OC 13 Tim Bennetts downward-facing red arrow 55'
IC 12 Harumichi Tatekawa
LW 11 Yasutaka Sasakura
FH 10 Yu Tamura
SH 9 Kaito Shigeno downward-facing red arrow 61'
N8 8 Amanaki Mafi
OF 7 Shokei Kin
BF 6 Hendrik Tui downward-facing red arrow 60'
RL 5 Naohiro Kotaki
LL 4 Hitoshi Ono downward-facing red arrow 65'
TP 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama downward-facing red arrow 55'
HK 2 Shota Horie (c) downward-facing red arrow 60'
LP 1 Keita Inagaki downward-facing red arrow 71'
Replacements:
HK 16 Takeshi Kizu upward-facing green arrow 60'
PR 17 Masataka Mikami upward-facing green arrow 71'
PR 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga upward-facing green arrow 55'
LK 19 Kotaro Yatabe upward-facing green arrow 65'
N8 20 Koliniasi Holani upward-facing green arrow 60'
SH 21 Keisuke Uchida upward-facing green arrow 61'
FH 22 Kosei Ono upward-facing green arrow 55'
CE 23 Mifiposeti Paea upward-facing green arrow 77'
Coach:
New Zealand Mark Hammett
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Tommy Seymour
OC 13 Matt Scott
IC 12 Peter Horne
LW 11 Sean Maitland downward-facing red arrow 79'
FH 10 Ruaridh Jackson downward-facing red arrow 57'
SH 9 Henry Pyrgos (c) downward-facing red arrow 49'
N8 8 Ryan Wilson downward-facing red arrow 44'
OF 7 John Barclay downward-facing red arrow 67'
BF 6 Josh Strauss
RL 5 Jonny Gray
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Moray Low downward-facing red arrow 40'
HK 2 Stuart McInally downward-facing red arrow 40'
LP 1 Rory Sutherland downward-facing red arrow 40'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fraser Brown upward-facing green arrow 40'
PR 17 Gordon Reid upward-facing green arrow 40'
PR 18 WP Nel upward-facing green arrow 40'
LK 19 Tim Swinson upward-facing green arrow 67'
FL 20 John Hardie upward-facing green arrow 44'
SH 21 Greig Laidlaw upward-facing green arrow 49'
CE 22 Huw Jones upward-facing green arrow 57'
WG 23 Sean Lamont upward-facing green arrow 79'
Coach:
New Zealand Vern Cotter

Touch judges:
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Brendan Pickerill (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ian Smith (Australia)

Notes:

Japan warm-up match

On 11 June, Japan played away to Canada in the lead up to the Scottish series.

11 June 2016
15:00 PDT (UTC-07)
Canada 22–26 Japan
Try: Paris 6' m
Barkwill 20' c
Cudmore 45' m
Carpenter 79' m
Con: McRorie (1/4) 21'
Report[11]Try: Kizu 34' c
Matsushima 69' c
Con: Tamura (2/2) 35', 70'
Pen: Tamura (4/4) 11', 40', 51', 76'
BC Place, Vancouver[12]
Attendance: 10,250[13]
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)

Notes:

Statistics

Key

See also

References

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