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Captain Michael Leitch states Japan are all set to inspire the host country as they prepare to take on Russia in Friday’s Rugby World Cup opener.
Japan beat the United States from the 2015 championship, Samoa and South Africa missing out over the previous eight.
“We have got the opportunity to inspire Japan again. We have trained well, ready well and this will be Japan’s best World Cup ever,” said Leitch, 30.
Row Amanaki Mafi and wing Kenki Fukuoka will overlook the match to Japan.
Both picked up accidents from the heavy defeat by South Africa earlier this month, with Fukuoka, scorer of all 21 attempts in 34 Tests, struggling with a calf injury and Mafi damaging his shoulder.
A former Wales Ospreys and international boss, russia coach Lyn Jones, has included Sale prop Valery Morozov one of only two players who play their club outside of Russia, within his starting XV.
Second row Andrei Ostrikov, that moved to Grenoble in the conclusion of the season from Sale, is the other.
Former Northampton wing Vasily Artemyev, that plays for Krasny Yar, captains the side.
Leitch claims that the attention on the group is unlike anything he has undergone with the Brave Blossoms.
“That is no normal turnout,” he told a packed media conference.
“I am so nervous I’ve been creating a variety of mistakes in coaching – there is so many people and so many cameras. But I’m pleased to be a part of this World Cup and also to be captain of the Japan rugby team”
The game will be staged together using the tournament’s opening ceremony preceding kick-off, at the close 50,000-capacity Tokyo Stadium.
Japan beat Russia from the teams’ latest assembly and also have been set the goal of making a initial.
Japan trainer Jamie Joseph:”I don’t read Japanese papers but I’ve never really thought us are the favorites for this match.
“I’d say we were going to this Test match and if we do not play our best we’re going to fight.
“The team has ready as well as ever before and we look forward to Friday night.”
Japan: Tupou; Matsushima, Lafaele Lemeki; Tamura Inagaki Valu; Van der Walt, Moore; Leitch, Labuschagne, Himeno.
Replacements: Sakate Ji-won, Thompson, Tui Matsuda, Yamanaka
Russia: Artemyev; Davydov, Ostroushko Golosnitskiy; Kushnarev, Dorofeev; Morozov, Selskii, Gotovtsev Fedotko, Zhivatov, Gadzhiev, Vavilin
Replacements: Matveev Bitiev, Garbuzov, Sychev, Perov, Gaisin, Sozonov
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