Japan head coach John Kirwan has announced his team to play Canada in the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool B match at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Tuesday. There are no particular surprises with the biggest change being Philip O’Reilly coming in at open side and moving Hare Makiri to six. Kirwin is also hoping his bench can provide impact, particularly Luatangi Samurai Vatuvei, who weighs in at 120kg.
Japan Team V Canada
Backs: Go Aruga, Kosuke Endo, Yuta Imamura, Shotaro Onishi, Christian Loamanu, Bryce Robins, Tomoki Yoshida.
Forwards: Tatsukichi Nishiura, Yuji Matsubara, Tomokazu Soma, Hitoshi Ono, Luke Thompson, Hare Makiri, Philip O’Reilly, Takuro Miuchi(C).
Replacements: Taku Inokuchi, Ryo Yamamura, Luatangi Samurai Vatuvei, Hajime Kiso, Chulwon Kim, Koji Taira, Hirotoki Onozawa.