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Highlanders and Panasonic Wild Knights scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka will make his first international start of the year Saturday when Japan takes on Canada in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup.

The 29-year-old missed the recent Asian 5 Nations tournament that saw Japan qualify for next year’s Rugby World Cup but walk straight back into the side as head coach Eddie Jones makes five changes to the team that started last week’s 33-14 win over Samoa.

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