It is a little-known fact that Japan actually has a winning record against South Africa in rugby union, with four wins to South Africa’s three. The most recent of these was in 2015, when Japan pulled off a stunning upset by beating the Springboks in their own backyard.
While Japan may not be a traditional rugby powerhouse, they have shown time and again that they are not to be underestimated. Their victory over South Africa in 2015 was a case in point.
It was a close-fought game, with Japan only winning by two points, but it was a huge win nonetheless. The win sent shockwaves through the rugby world and proved that Japan is a team to be reckoned with.
Since then, Japan has gone from strength to strength in rugby union. They have qualified for the Rugby World Cup for the first time ever and are now ranked ninth in the world.
There is no doubt that Japan is a force to be reckoned with in rugby union. They have already shown that they can compete with the best in the world, and they will only get better in the years to come.
No, Japan has never beaten South Africa in a rugby match. The two countries have only played each other three times, with South Africa winning all three matches. However, Japan did come close to beating South Africa in their most recent meeting, losing by just two points.