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Japan team to face All Blacks

31st October 2013 07:16

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At nine: Fumiaki Tanaka

Japan have named their side that will take on New Zealand in Tokyo on Saturday, with Fumiaki Tanaka and Shota Horie both named as starters.

Under the tutelage of a stand-in boss - technical advisor Scott Wisemantel because of head coach Eddie Jones recovering from a minor stroke - the Brave Blossoms will be keen to cause a shock.

Japan come into the game on the back of wins over Wales, Canada and USA and have named Harumichi Tatekawa at ten alongside Tanaka.

Craig Wing and Male Sau will form the centre partnership while New Zealand-born forward Michael Broadhurst is on the openside flank.

Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Toshiaki Hirose, 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Shoji Ito, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Aoki, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Luke Thompson, 20 Takashi Kikutani, 21 Kosei Ono, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita.

Date: Saturday, November 2
Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo
Kick-off: 14:00 local (05:00 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Lees (Australia)
TMO: Matt Goddard (Australia)

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