Japan Rugby head coach Jamie Joseph has appointed 10 opened players to his 37-man lineup. They will compete in the caps against Australia, Ireland, Portugal, and Scotland. Rugby Fans can buy Rugby World Cup Tickets from our website.
Loose forward Michael Leitch was added to the squad. He was relieved of his captaincy last week to boost his chances of taking part in the 4th Rugby World Cup in 2023.
The team is led by South African-born winger Pieter “Lappies” Labuschagne, with centre Ryoto Nakamura serving as vice-captain. Nakamura will play in all five matches of the Japanese team’s quarter-finals in the final World Cup. A solid finish that Wimpie Van Der Walt missed due to injury, and the 29-cap No. 8 Amanaki Mafi has no place in the team.
Although number 8 Kazuki Himeno can also play in the second row, the opened development player. Mentioned along with Australian native Daichi Akiyama is one of three locks, James Moore and Liaki Moli. Brisbane-trained Ben Gunter and Wallaby Greg’s son Jack Cornelsen is one of nine players vying for the position of three loose forwards.
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Along with Moore and former Australian male student winger Dylan Riley. When Brave Blossoms meets Wallabies in Oita on October 23. They’ll be particularly eager for a spot. A trip to Lisbon against Portugal on November 13. and then Scotland’s first encounter since the 2019 World Cup game at Murrayfield on November 20.
Since hosting the World Cup two years ago, Japan Rugby has played two games. 28-10 against the Lions 15 of the United Kingdom and Ireland in June, and Ireland 39-31 in July.
Forwards: Jack Cornelsen, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Shunsuke Asaoka, Keita Inagaki, Asaeli Ai Valu, Shinnosuke Kakinaga, Daichi Akiyama, James Moore, Liaki Moli, Ben Gunter, Koo Ji-won, Isileli Nakajima, Craig Millar, Atsushi Sakate, Michael Leitch, Tevita Tatafu, Kazuki Himeno, Shota Fukui, Yusuke Niwai, Kosuke Horikoshi, Ryota Hasegawa, Pieter Labuschagne.
Backs: Shogo Nakano, Siosaia Fifita, Lomano Lemeki, Semisi Masirewa, Ryoto Nakamura, Naoto Saito, Kaito Shigeno, Yutaka Nagare, Yu Tamura, Rikiya Matsuda, Taichi Takahashi, Jone Naikabula, Timothy Lafaele, Dylan Riley, Ryohei Yamanaka.
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