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Japan heads into Saturday’s clash against Tonga knowing it will be more than a Pacific Nations Cup match, but a chance to test its strength and technique ahead of this autumn’s Rugby World Cup.

Among the three tests remaining for Japan in the run-up to the sport’s showpiece event, which opens on Sept. 20, the Brave Blossoms’ match against Tonga at Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, is perhaps the most crucial.

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