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Jones names squad for rugby tour

Kyodo

Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones named a 30-man squad Wednesday for what he said would be “a very tough tour of Europe” in November.

The Brave Blossoms, ranked 16th in the world, take on Romania (18) on Nov. 10, 15th-ranked Georgia on the 17th, a Basque Select side on the 21st before wrapping up the tour four days later with a game against the French Barbarians, who are likely to include England legend Jonny Wilkinson, currently plying his trade in Toulon.

“The tour is an important step for us going forward,” said Jones. “The two tests will be very physical games. The majority of the Romanian and Georgian players play in the French League and if you watch that league they play test rugby every week.”

There are four uncapped players in the squad, which also sees the return of a number of veterans.