Japan change six for Scotland

Date published: September 21 2015

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Japan have made six changes to the team that beat South Africa for their World Cup clash with Scotland on Wednesday.

The Brave Blossoms stunned the world with their upset win over the Springboks, but with just a four-day turnaround, they have had to make some changes against the Scots.

In the back three Kenki Fukuoka comes onto the wing in place of Akihito Yamada, with Kotaro Matsushima switching sides. And there is also a change at fly-half where Harumichi Tatekawa starts ahead of Kosei Ono.

Up front Jones has changed both props, with Keita Inagaki and Hiroshi Yamashita starting, while Justin Ives replaces veteran Hitoshi Ono in the second row.

Finally the impressive Amanaki Mafi comes in for Hendrik Tui at number eight as the Brave Blossoms try to make it two wins from two and take a giant step towards the quarter-finals.

Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Male Sau, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Michael Leitch (c), 5 Justin Ives, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kazu, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Shoji Ito, 21 Hendrik Tui, 22 Atsushi Hiwasa, 23 Karne Hesketh.

Date: Wednesday 23 September
Venue: Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Kick-off: 14.30 local (13:30 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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