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Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as it beat its oldest international opponent, Canada, 26-22 at test rugby’s newest venue, BC Place.

The Brave Blossoms were forced to play for 26 minutes with 14 men after Yoshiya Hosoda marked his international debut with a red card for a dangerous clear-out at a ruck. But Mark Hammett’s men outscored Canada 10-5 in the closing stages despite being a man down and then held on during a frantic finish that saw Canada over the line but unable to ground the ball.

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