• Kyodo


Last year’s World Cup heroes Akihito Yamada and Yoshikazu Fujita will not be travelling to Brazil for the Rio Olympics after they were omitted from Japan’s 12-man squad for rugby sevens.

Yusaku Kuwazuru will captain the team announced by the Japan Rugby Football Union on Sunday. Japan faces title favorite New Zealand as well as Britain and Kenya in Pool C in the 12-team tournament scheduled for Aug. 9-11.

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