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While Japan’s first-ever quarterfinal match at the Rugby World Cup will be remembered as a new page in the sport’s history, it will also serve as a time to revisit the accomplishments of former playmaker and coach Seiji Hirao who helped lay the foundation for the team’s success at the current tournament.

The Brave Blossoms face South Africa in Tokyo on Sunday, and the squad will not only be playing for the nation but also for the man dubbed “Mr. Rugby” who passed away three years ago to the day.

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