KOBE – Japan XV was defeated by the Classic All Blacks 35-26 in an international friendly on Wednesday. The Japanese side, consisting of candidates for John Kirwan’s national squad, put up a brave fight, taking a brief 12-7 lead on a try by Kosuke Endo before falling behind 21-12 at halftime at Kobe Universiade stadium. Japan came within two points after the break but the Classic All Blacks, whose members include many former New Zealand national players, scored two consecutive tries late in the match.
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