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Japan is currently in 13th in the International Rugby Board World Rankings and part of Pool A. They are going to take on France in Auckland in the second match of the Pool A events, and it happens on September 10th at 18:00. Next, they will play in Hamilton against New Zealand on September 16th at 20:00 and against Canada in Napier on September 27th. That match is set to begin at 17:00. They also will be playing a match in between against Tonga which will happen in Whangarei on the 21st of September with play starting at 19:30.
The Japanese Rugby World Cup squad include Hookers Yusuke Aoki, Shota Horie and Hiroki Yuhara as well as Props Nozomu Fujita and Kensuke Hatakeyama. Takashi Kikutani from Toyota Verblitz is a flanker, as is Sione Vatuvei from the Wild Knights and Micheal Leitch from Toshiba Brave Lupus. The two number eights for Japan are Ryukoliniasi Holani and Itaru Taniguchi and Scrum-halfs include Atsushi Hiwasa, Fumiaki Tanaka and Tomoki Yoshida. Taihei Ueda from Honda Heat and Shaun Webb from Coca Cola West are the fullbacks for the team.
Tags: International Rugby Board
, Kensuke Hatakeyama
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