A review of five other test matches from this past weekend, including matches in Italy, Scotland, England, France, and Georgia.
Japan return to Tbilisi for the second time in three years as they face the Lelos in a fascinating contest between two evenly matched and improving sides.
Despite riding a two game losing streak, Japan arrive on Romania on a high after coming within a whisker of overturning the New Zealand Maori in Tokyo.
As if you couldn’t get enough rugby already, here are eight pieces to fill up all the extra time you thought you had between now and the weekend’s action.
After a grueling few days of playing catch-up, it’s finally time to hammer down this week’s offering, with selections coming from eight different nations.
Japan came within minutes of a famous upset in a thrilling encounter in Tokyo that saw the New Zealand Maori pull it out of the fire in spectacular fashion.
The Brave Blossoms were embarrassingly bad in Kobe a week ago but have freshened up the side and moved to their spiritual home in Tokyo for round 2.
Japan started their November series in Kobe with a terribly disappointing performance against a rampant NZ Maori side that were good, but not that good.
Kobe’s Noevir Stadium hosts the first of a two match series between the Brave Blossoms and the Maori on Saturday, as Japan prepare for their November tour.
The Brave Blossoms have returned home to Tokyo where they host Italy in an effort to win their 10th consecutive match, a record for the rising nation.