Japan bid to reach first quarter-finals

Rugby World Cup: Japan set sights on quarterfinal spot

Rugby World Cup: Japan set sights on quarterfinal spot

A few Springbok supporters gathered at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg on Friday, to bid farewell to the national team as they head to Japan for the Rugby World Cup.

Japan opens the tournament on September 20 against Russian Federation in Tokyo.

"There are huge expectations now", Joseph said.

"Whether that's enough only time will tell". "I believe we have improved", he said.

Japan takes on Russian Federation in the first match of the World Cup on the 20th of September at 10.45pm.

All 16 teams will play each opponent once in a round-robin format with the league championship handed to the points leader after 120 games, played in 30 different venues, are completed.

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He understood their discontent and empathized, even though they spurned him. "I'm sorry for the crowd. Stan Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic by retirement when the Swiss was leading two sets to love.

The Top League's first season after Japan hosts this year's Rugby World Cup will kick off on January 12, the league announced Friday.

Japan won three games at the 2015 tournament under Eddie Jones, including a stunning 34-32 victory over two-time champions South Africa, and narrowly missed out on a place in the quarterfinals.

The team is on a high after their win in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Fellow veteran Shota Horie, 33, will travel to his third World Cup, while hooker Takuya Kitade, 26, is the only uncapped player in the group.

As in the 2015 World Cup, the squad will be captained by flanker Michael Leitch, like Thompson, another New Zealand-born player.

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