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Hat-trick hero Kotaro Matsushima is backing Japan to shake off its Rugby World Cup stage fright before it plays Ireland next weekend, after the host nation recovered from a nervy start to beat Russia in the tournament opener on Friday night.

Japan got the first Rugby World Cup ever to be held in Asia off to a winning start with a 30-10 victory over rank outsider Russia, but only after freezing in the early stages of a match watched by 45,745 expectant fans at Tokyo Stadium and millions more all over the world.

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