Preview: Georgia v Japan

Date published: September 4 2015

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Japan have moved Hendrik Tui from number eight to the wing for Saturday's World Cup warm-up clash with Georgia in Gloucester. 

Kingsholm Stadium is also the venue of Japan's World Cup clashes with Scotland and the United States.

Japan coach Eddie Jones has made four changes and one positional switch to the side that took the field last weekend in Tokyo against Uruguay for their final Rugby World Cup warm-up game.

Tui starts on the left wing for the match against the physical Georgians, who beat Japan 35-24 in Tbilisi in November 2014.

Meanwhile, there are two changes in personnel in the pack with Hiroshi Yamashita coming in at tighthead prop and Ryu Koliniasi Holani at number eight.

In the backs, Harumichi Tatekawa returns at fly-half and links up with Highlanders scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka.

Yoshikazu Fujita returns on the other wing. On the bench, Takayuki Watanabe, who didn't make the Rugby World Cup squad, is named along with Shinya Makabe and Amanaki Lelei Mafi who are both set to continue their return from injury.

The teams:

Georgia: 15 Merab Kvirikashvili, 14 Muraz Giorgadze, 13 Davit Kacharava, 12 Merab Sharikadze, 11 Giorgi Aptsiauri, 10 Lasha Malaguradze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Mamuka Gorgodze (Cap) 7 Victor Kolelishvili, 6 Shalva Sutiashvili, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Davit Kubriashvili, 18 Levan Chilachava, 19 Levan Datunashvili, 20 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 21 Giorgi Begadze, 22 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 23 Giorgi Pruidze

Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Yoshikazu Fujita, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Hendrik Tui, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Michael Leitch (c), 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takayuki Watanabe, 17 Takeshi Kizu, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Amanaki Lelei Mafi, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Kosei Ono, 23 Kotaro Matsushima.

Date: Saturday, September 5
Venue: Kingsholm, Gloucester
Kick-off: 16:45 local (15:45 GMT)
Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Marius Mitrea (Italy), Tom Foley (England)

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