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Japan coach Eddie Jones named a 31-man squad for the Asian Rugby Championship on Thursday, saying the door was all but closed for anyone outside this squad and 11 players currently unavailable to make the cut for this year’s Rugby World Cup.

“No one outside the (original squad of) 41 has played well enough to warrant selection, and as they have no more rugby games to play to show their ability they will be relying on injury to get into the squad,” he said at Japan Rugby Football Union headquarters.

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