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Weak rules over eligibility to play for a country is one of the characteristics of rugby, and the Japan team is no exception in capitalizing on the benefits of it in seeking to reach the knockout stage for the first time at the ongoing World Cup.

A record-high 16 foreign-born players have been selected in Jamie Joseph’s 31-man squad for Japan, captained by New Zealand-born Michael Leitch for the second straight time.

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