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Japan head coach Jamie Joseph on Friday blasted suggestions his team is running scared ahead of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup showdown against Scotland, insisting the Brave Blossoms are ready to prove they belong in the quarterfinals if the typhoon-threatened match goes ahead.

Japan is preparing to face Scotland in Yokohama having won all three of its matches so far at the tournament, beating Russia and Samoa with bonus-point victories and stunning then-world-No.-2 Ireland to top the group heading into the final round of pool-stage games.

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