The International Defence Rugby Competition
8 - 29 October 2015, Various in the UK
Running throughout October alongside the Rugby World Cup, the International Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC) will pit 12 teams of battle-hardened soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines against each other to determine the greatest Armed Forces rugby team on the planet.
The teams are: Australia, British Army , Canada, Fiji, France, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, South Africa, Tonga.
The Japanese team is from MOD and Self Defence Forces (Japan Ground Self-Defence Force, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Japan Self-Defence Force). Japan face New Zealand in their first match on 8 October.
Round 1 is free, at United Services Sports Ground (Burnaby Road, Portsmouth).
Full details at www.idrc.org.uk
Round 1 - 8th October
Japan v New Zealand - KO 15:00
Round 2 - 12th October
Japan v Fiji - KO 15:00
Round 3 - 15th October
Royal Navy v Japan - KO 19:00