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FACTBOX-Rugby: Japan vs New Zealand


Factbox on Saturday's test between Japan and New Zealand at the Ajinomoto Stadium, which will host the opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

When: Nov. 3, 2:45 p.m. local (0545 GMT)

Where: Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo (capacity: 49,970)

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Damon Murphy (Australia)

TMO: James Leckie (Australia)

JAPAN

World ranking: 11

Coach: Jamie Joseph

Captain: Michael Leitch

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.

NEW ZEALAND

World ranking: 1

Coach: Steve Hansen

Captain: Luke Whitelock

Team: 15-Jordie Barrett, 14-Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13-Matt Proctor, 12-Ngani Laumape, 11-Waisake Naholo, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 9-Te Toiroa Tahuriiorangi, 8-Luke Whitelock (captain), 7-Dalton Papalii, 6-Vaea Fifita, 5-Jackson Hemopo, 4-Patrick Tuipulotu, 3-Angus Ta'avao, 2-Dane Coles, 1-Ofa Tuungafasi.

Replacements: 16-Liam Coltman, 17-Tim Perry, 18-Tyrel Lomax, 19-Dillon Hunt 20-Gareth Evans, 21-Mitch Drummond, 22-Brett Cameron, 23-George Bridge.

OVERALL RECORD

Played: 3

New Zealand wins: 3

Japan wins: 0

Draws: 0

LAST THREE MEETINGS

1995 New Zealand 145-17 Japan, Bloemfontein*

2011 New Zealand 83-7 Japan, Waikato*

2013 New Zealand 54-6 Japan, Tokyo

* = World Cup pool match (Compiled by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Peter Rutherford/John O'Brien)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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