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Japan change two for Samoa conflict



Jamie Joseph has introduced two modifications to Japan’s beginning lineup for the Pool D match in opposition to Samoa on Thursday.

Joseph has made two modifications to his beginning XV from their 34-12 loss in opposition to England each within the back-line with Dylan Riley changing Tomoki Osada within the centres and Lomano Lemeki changing Semisi Masiresa at fullback.

There are 4 gamers on this staff who will play Samoa on the Rugby World Cup for the third time – Shota Horie, Keita Inagaki, Michael Leitch and Kotaro Matsushima all performed in opposition to them at each RWC 2015 and 2019.

Lemeki will make his first begin since 23 October, 2021 in opposition to Australia. He performed 74 minutes off the bench final recreation in opposition to England, making the second-most carry metres previous the gain-line for Japan (54).

Japan — 15 Lomano Lemeki; 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Dylan Riley, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Jone Naikabula; 10 Rikiya Matsuda, 9 Yutaka Nagare; 8 Kazuki Himeno (c), 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Michael Leitch; 5 Amato Fakatava, 4 Jack Cornelsen; 3 Jiwon Gu, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Subs: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Warner Dearns, 20 Kanji Shimokawa, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Seungsin Lee, 23 Tomoki Osada.

Photograph: CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

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