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Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll believes Japan’s players “will be licking their lips” at the prospect of facing an out-of-sorts Ireland at next month’s Rugby World Cup, with a first-ever quarterfinal place for the Brave Blossoms the potential reward.

“If ever there was a chance to get to a quarterfinal, I think they would be pretty pleased with the group that they’ve found themselves in, particularly with the form that Ireland have shown since the turn of the year,” former Ireland captain O’Driscoll, who appeared at four Rugby World Cups, told The Japan Times this week.

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