• Kyodo


The main bulk of the World XV side to play the Brave Blossoms on Saturday arrived in Japan on Tuesday morning with coach Robbie Deans saying the invitation side covered “both extremes.”

“We’ve got guys who have been there and done that and won Rugby World Cups and we’ve got guys playing for World Cup spots, so it’s a great opportunity for rugby fans in Japan to see some world-class household names and get an insight into how their own national team will do at the World Cup,” the former Crusaders and Wallabies coach told Kyodo News.

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