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Japan was not drawn in the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool phase with England, the team coached by its former boss Eddie Jones. The earliest they could meet at the tournament would be in the semifinals, provided both teams get that far.

But it is looking like the matchup between the master and his former pupils could happen prior to the World Cup, in the November test window next year at Twickenham, Jones hinted in an interview with Kyodo News on Thursday.

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