Mafi at eight for Japan

Date published: June 16 2016

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Japan have named their line-up that will take on Scotland at Toyota Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday, with Amanaki Mafi included at number eight.

Mafi missed last weekend's narrow win against Canada but returns to the starting side in place of Kyosuke Horie, with Hendrik Tui on the flank.

The Brave Blossoms will however be without scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka, who misses out and is replaced by Kaito Shigeno at nine this week.

Up front Shota Horie is named as the hooker in place of Takeshi Kizu.

Japan: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Mifiposeti Paea, 13 Tim Bennetts, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Shokei Kin, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Naohiro Kotaki, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 19 Kotaro Yatabe, 20 Hiroki Yamamoto, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Kosei Ono, 23 Rikiya Matsuda

Date: Saturday, June 18
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 19:20 local (10:20 GMT)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Marius Mitrea (Italy), Brendan Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

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