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New Zealand vs Japan Predictions & Tips - Japan can scare All Blacks

28 Oct 2022
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Ralph Staniforth 28 Oct 2022
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  • New Zealand vs Japan predictions for Saturday’s rugby international fixture
  • Match is being played at 06:50 BST in Tokyo
  • All Blacks have won their last 4 games against the hosts
  • Can Japan get their first ever win over the visitors?
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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All Blacks to struggle against Japan (Getty Images)

New Zealand vs Japan Predictions


The All Blacks will be looking for a comfortable win but at home Japan have the quality to produce a good performance. I am backing the hosts to get within 28 points of their visitors.
  • New Zealand vs Japan Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Form
  • New Zealand Injuries & Team News
  • Japan Form
  • Japan Injuries & Team News
  • New Zealand vs Japan Live Stream FAQ

  • Japan have won or lost by less than 28 points in their last 6 matches.
  • New Zealand have won their last 3 matches.
  • New Zealand have won their last 4 matches against Japan.

Head to Head


New Zealand have won all four of their previous matches against Japan. They last played in 2018 where the All Blacks won 69-31 in Tokyo.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand begin their tour to the Northern Hemisphere this weekend with a game against Japan. 

The All Blacks won the Rugby Championship a couple of months ago but there are still many questions surrounding the team. Ian Foster has been under big pressure but he has gotten results at the right times thus far.

While Japan are no longer the minnows they were back in 1995 when New Zealand beat them 145-17 at the Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks will still be confident of seeing them off.

New Zealand Injuries & Team News


Stephen Perofeta finally gets a chance to start at fullback. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck also gets a start in midfield.

Japan Form


Japan rugby has grown hugely over the last decade. They are now seen as a proper force in world rugby, especially after making the quarter-final at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Over the last seven years Japan have beaten South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They may not be given much chance against the All Blacks but they have plenty of quality within their side.

Japan Injuries & Team News


Japan have selected a strong side for this fixture. They have Yutaka Nagare at scrumhalf, easily one of their better players. Kotaro Matsushima is deadly on the wing.

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Verdict

Japan have been very good this season. I am backing them to get within 28 points of the All Blacks.

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