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Russia’s confidence will be tested in its second Pool A match against Samoa on Tuesday after suffering a shattering 30-10 loss to host Japan in the opener of the Rugby World Cup.

Russia head coach Lyn Jones said the key in prevailing over Samoa will be “recovery, fresh legs and confidence” as the Bears will face the Pacific islanders at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium following a mere four-day turnaround since Friday’s clash with the Brave Blossoms.

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