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Japan national team players on Thursday confessed to feeling nervous ahead of Friday’s opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but are confident the excitement of the occasion will sweep away the butterflies when the host nation faces Russia at Tokyo Stadium.

“I’m sure the atmosphere is going to be great and the crowd will be huge,” said scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare, after the Brave Blossoms had completed a morning training session in front of hundreds of reporters at the match venue.

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