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Japan makes 11 changes for France match

Japan makes 11 changes for France match

Coach John Kirwan has made 11 changes to Japan's starting lineup for its opening Rugby World Cup match against France on Saturday.
Lock Luke Thompson, flanker Takashi Kikutani, winger Hirotoki Onozawa and center Ryan Nicholas kept their places after playing in the 20-14 warmup win over the United States last month.
Thompson and winger Kosuke Endo are the only two players who started Japan's last World Cup match against Canada in 2007.
Veteran winger Hirotoki Onozawa, playing in his third World Cup, will match the World Cup appearance record for a Japanese player in his ninth match _ equaling Masahiro Kunda (1991-1999) and Yukio Motoki (1995-2003).
Japan later plays New Zealand, Tonga and Canada in Group A.


Updated : 2021-04-11 18:43 GMT+08:00