Japan lose Sasaki

Japan’s in-form flanker Takamichi Sasaki will miss the remainder of the Rugby World Cup.

Sasaki, Japan’s captain during Saturday’s 91-3 drubbing to Australia, was diagnosed with a grade-two MCL strain of his left knee following an MRI scan.

“He has been quite outstanding in the last two or three weeks. He never took a backward step against Australia and he put in some big hits,” said Japan coach John Kirwan.

Japan have now lost four players initially named in their original world cup squad, with Sasaki joining Mitsugu Yamamoto, Eiji Ando and Daisuke Ohata.


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