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.
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.