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Captain Michael Leitch says Japan are ready to inspire the host country as they prepare to take on Russia from the Rugby World Cup opener of Friday.
Japan beat the USA at the 2015 championship, Samoa and South Africa , narrowly missing out on the last eight.
«We’ve got the opportunity to inspire Japan back again. We’ve trained well, ready well and this will be Japan’s best World Cup in history,» said Leitch, 30.
Wing Kenki Fukuoka and back row Amanaki Mafi will overlook the match for Japan.
Both picked up accidents from the heavy defeat South Africa earlier this month, together with Fukuoka, scorer of all 21 attempts in 34 Tests, suffering a calf injury and Mafi hurting his shoulder.
A former Wales boss, russia coach Lyn Jones, has comprised Sale prop Valery Morozov one of two players who play their club outside of Russia, in his starting XV.
Second row Andrei Ostrikov, that moved to Grenoble at the season’s close, is the other.
Former Northampton wing Vasily Artemyev, who plays Krasny Yar, captains the side out of full-back.
Leitch says that the attention on the Japanese group is he has experienced with the Brave Blossoms.
«That is no ordinary turnout,» he told a packed media conference.
«I am so nervous I have been creating a number of mistakes in coaching – there is so many people and so many cameras. But I am very proud to be part of this World Cup and to be captain of this Japan rugby team.»
The match will be staged with the opening ceremony of all the tournament, at the close 50,000-capacity Tokyo Stadium.
Japan beat Russia November in the teams’ most recent assembly and have been set the goal of making a first.
Japan coach Jamie Joseph:»I never see Japanese papers but I’ve never really considered us are the favourites for this game.
«I would say we’re even going to this Test match and when we do not play our best we are likely to fight.
«The team has ready and ever before and now we look forward to Friday night.»
Japan: Tupou; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Lemeki; Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki Valu; Van der Walt, Moore; Labuschagne, Leitch, Himeno.
Replacements: Sakate, Nakajima, Ji-won Tui, Tanaka, Matsuda, Yamanaka
Russia: Artemyev; Davydov, Ostroushko, Gerasimov, Golosnitskiy; Kushnarev, Dorofeev; Morozov Gotovtsev, Ostrikov, Fedotko Gadzhiev, Vavilin
Replacements: Matveev, Polivalov, Bitiev, Garbuzov, Sychev Gaisin, Sozonov
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