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Rugby-Japan make one change for New Zealand test


Reuters
Updated: 01-11-2018 10:09 IST
Japan coach Jamie Joseph has replaced injured back Lomano Lemeki with Ryohei Yamanaka in an otherwise unchanged side to face New Zealand in Tokyo on Saturday.

Michael Leitch captains the team and is one of four New Zealand-born players in the Japanese starting 15. Lemeki drops out after playing against a World XV in Osaka on Oct 26.

Yamanaka comes in at fullback.

Team: 15- Ryohei Yamanaka, 14- Jamie Henry, 13-Will Tupou, 12-Tim Lafaele, 11-Kenki Fukuoka, 10-Yu Tamura, 9-Yutaka Nagare, 8-Hendrik Tui, 7-Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6-Michael Leitch (captain), 5-Samuela Anise, 4-Wimpie van der Walt, 3-Hiroshi Yamashita, 2-Yusuke Niwai, 1-Keita Inagaki.

Replacements: 16-Yusuki Niwai, 17-Masataka Mikami, 18-Asaeli Valu, 19-Uwe Helu, 20-Vaka Nakajima, 21-Fumiaki Tanaka, 22-Rikiya Matsuda 23-Ryoto Nakamura.

(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Peter Rutherford )

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