Japan Rugby football union named a 42 men Rugby World Cup training squads, the day after the nation marked 500 days to go until the tournament kick off in Tokyo. Director of the Japan national team, Masahiro Kunda said, “the squad would like to depending on the form of players. Special attention is being paid to fitness to account for the strain of players competing in super rugby world cup.”
“Now that we have reached the 500-day mark prior to the Opening Game of Rugby World Cup 2019, we are grateful for the continued cooperation of every team in the Japan Rugby Top League as we place priority on our national team strengthening program. With the full attention paid by the teams to player welfare (by providing sufficient time for rest and reconditioning), we expect to become even stronger as we head toward Rugby World Cup 2019.”
Japan head coach Jamie Joseph said,” I have many different role and jobs, but my focus is build to team that can win to Rugby World Cup ninth edition RWC 2019. And we are now in good spot forward to the next stage of preparations.
Japan Squad – Rugby World Cup 2019 :
Head Coach : Jamie Joseph
The former All Blacks flanker also played for Japan (it was a different time). He led the Highlanders to their first-ever Super Rugby title in 2014.
Asaeli Ai Valu,
Wimpie van der Walt,
Michael Leitch (captain),
Amanaki Lelei Mafi,
Lomano Lava Lemeki,
Japan Key Players
Talismanic skipper Michael Leitch has been through the trenches for Japan. Fumiaki Tanaka brings bags of experience at nine and Kazuki Himeno is an exciting talent in the back five of the scrum.
Japan Rugby World Cup Warm-ups
- 27 July 2019: Japan 34-21 Fiji
- 3 August 2019: Japan 41-7 Tonga
- 10 August 2019: USA 20-34 Japan
- 6 September 2019: Japan 7-41 South Africa
Japan RWC 2019 Fixtures
- 20 Sep Japan v Russia (Tokyo)
- 28 Sep Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka)
- 5 Oct Japan v Samoa (Toyota)
- 13 Oct Japan v Scotland (Yokohama)