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Oldest Japan team ever to take on Springboks at RWC

Oldest Japan team ever averaging nearly 30 will take on Springboks in Rugby World Cup opener

Oldest Japan team ever to take on Springboks at RWC

BRIGHTON, England (AP) -- The oldest team to ever play for Japan will take on South Africa in their Rugby World Cup opening match on Saturday.

The run-on side averages 29 years, 310 days, eclipsing the team which beat Georgia 13-10 two weeks ago in Gloucester by 11 days.

It also has the second most caps, 574, after the team which met Georgia, which had 586.

Back-rower Hendrik Tui, who played on the wing against Georgia, was returned to No. 8 in place of Ryu Koliniasi Holani, who was concussed in the warm-up.

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Japan: Ayumu Goromaru, Akihito Yamada, Male Sa'u, Craig Wing, Kotaro Matsushima, Kosei Ono, Fumiaki Tanaka; Hendrik Tui, Michael Broadhurst, Michael Leitch (captain), Hitosho Ono, Luke Thompson, Kensuke Hatakeyama, Shota Horie, Masataka Mikami. Reserves: Takeshi Kizu, Keita Inagaki, Hiroshi Yamashita, Shinya Makabe, Amanaki Mafi, Atsushi Hiwasa, Harumichi Tatekawa, Karne Hesketh.


Updated : 2021-09-27 09:37 GMT+08:00