Canada to face Japan at Pacific Nations Rugby Cup in BC
Harry Jones of Canada beats Carlin Isles of the U.S. to score in the corner during the first day of the Sevens World Series rugby tournaments in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephen Hindley)
Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:27PM EST
TORONTO - Canada will host Japan in an international rugby test June 7 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C.
The date of the matchup had already been announced but Rugby Canada did not confirm the site until Wednesday.
The match is part of a revamped Pacific Nations Cup that will see the 15th-ranked Canadians take on both No. 14 Japan and the No. 18 United States during the summer.
The tournament is split into two pools this year, with Canada, Japan and the U.S. in one pool and Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in the other.
The pool winners will meet next November to decide the tournament winner. The pool runners-up will also play each other as will the third-place teams to decide final rankings.
Fiji and Canada both finished with 3-1-0 records at the Pacific Nations Cup in 2013 but the Pacific Islanders placed first by virtue of more bonus points. The 2013 event was a basic round-robin format.