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Japan moved within one win of an automatic spot at next year’s Rugby World Cup with a 62-5 drubbing of South Korea on Saturday.

The victory — which saw Ayumu Goromaru surpass Keiji Hirose as Japan’s all-time top points scorer — sees the Brave Blossoms head the Asian 5 Nations standings, and sets up an enticing encounter next week in Tokyo with Hong Kong, which is second on points difference.

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