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Coach Jamie Joseph says Japan will have the element of surprise against South Africa after he named his side.
Joseph believes his teams approaches are not as obvious Though the Springboks have picked a package and six replacements.
It is clear exactly what South Africa are going to do, he explained.
What isnt so clear is that which were likely to perform; this is precisely what I am looking forward to.
The inclusion at full-back in place of William Tupou of ryohei Yamanaka is the only change.
Wing hooker Shota Horie Kotaro Matsushima , next row Luke Thompson, prop Keita Inagaki, fly-half Yu Tamura and ruler Michael Leitch were part of the squad that angry South Africa in the groups meeting that is pool-stage four years back.
As hooker Horie defeats on Joseph in a game of rock paper scissor the mood in the Japan camp shows.
Joseph explained his players confidence at the championship has increased so much – including victories over Ireland and Scotland – which hes had less to do as they prepare to get the last eight.
The players have taken over, he said. This is a really good indication as a mentor when you feel somewhat redundant since you know there is real belief in your group.
Japan: Yamanaka; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Fukuoka; Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo, Thompson, Moore, Leitch (c), Labuschagne, Himeno.
Replacements: Lava Lemeki, Sakate, Nakajima, Ai Valu, Van der Walt, Lelei Mafi, Tanaka, Matsuda
Dynamic winger Kotaro Matsushima scored five attempts in the pool phase, the joint most with Wales Josh Adams. He also ranked second for the two metres produced (350) and fractures (11), also also fourth for both defenders defeated (22) and carries (48).
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