Kirwan changes for final dash

Japan coach John Kirwan has made two changes to his side for their final World Cup Pool B clash against Canada in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Flanker Philip O’Reilly comes back into the side at openside in place of Yasunori Watanabe, who injured a bicep against Wales last Thursday, while winger Go Aruba comes in for Hirotoki Onozawa, who drops to the bench.

Centre and kicker Shotaro Onishi has been included despite hurting his ribs against Wales, although he faces another fitness test on Monday before he can be cleared to play.

Japan: 15 Go Aruga, 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Yuta Imamura, 12 Shotaro Onishi, 11 Christian Loamanu, 10 Bryce Robins, 9 Tomoki Yoshida, 8 Takuro Miuchi (c), 7 Philip O’Reilly, 6 Hare Makiri, 5 Luke Thompson, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Tomokazu Soma, 2 Yuji Matsubara, 1 Tatsukichi Nishiura.
Replacements: 16 Taku Inokuchi, 17 Ryo Yamamura, 18 Luatangi Samurai Vatuvei, 19 Hajime Kiso, 20 Chulwon Kim, 21 Koji Taira, 22 Hirotoki Onozawa.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September
Venue: Chaban Delmas Stadium, Bordeaux
Kick-off: 18.00 (16.00 GMT)


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