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Japan climbed two spots in the world rankings to ninth, according to World Rugby’s announcement on Monday, two days after clinching the Pacific Nations Cup with a 34-20 victory over the United States.

With a little over a month to go until the 2019 Rugby World Cup begins in Japan, the Brave Blossoms surpassed No. 11 Argentina and No. 10 Fiji to equal their highest-ever rank.

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