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Japan failed to claim another famous win over South Africa on Friday as the 2019 Rugby World Cup host lost 41-7 to the Springboks in its final warmup match before the tournament begins later this month.

Japan pulled off an historic upset by beating two-time world champion South Africa 34-32 at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, and the Brave Blossoms were looking for a repeat performance at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium to head into this year’s tournament with a spring in their step.

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