Japan side named for 1st Maori game

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Japan coach Eddie Jones named his side Thursday for Saturday’s game against the Maori All Blacks in Kobe.

With the game not an official test and a number of players unavailable through injury, Jones has named a mix of the experienced and not so experienced for the match at Noevir Stadium.
Michael Leitch, leads the side and forms a physical back row with Hendrik Tui and Hayden Hopgood.
Luke Thompson and Shoji Ito have been named in the engine room with Masataka Mikami, Takeshi Kizu and Kensuke Hatakeyama in the front row as Jones looks to use the set piece as a platform from which to attack.
“Tightly controlling the set pieces in the forwards will prevent our opponents from attacking and give us a good chance to attack,” said Hatakeyama.
Behind the scrum Atsushi Hiwasa and Yu Tamura line up at halfback with Male Sa’u and Harumichi Tatekawa in the centres.
Japan’s all-time top points scorer Ayumu Goromaru is named at fullback, forming an exciting back three alongside speedsters Akihito Yamada and Kotaro Matsushima.

The replacements include four players yet to be capped.
Keita Inagaki and Shinnosuke Kakinaga are the back-up props, Amanaki Lelei Mafi the reserve back-row forward while Karne Hesketh will cover the outside backs.
“I’m very happy to be able to wear the national jersey for the first time and am aware of all the responsibilities it involves,” said Inagaki.
Joining the quartet on the bench are hooker Hiroki Yuhara, lock Shinya Makabe and the halfback pair of Keisuke Uchida and Kosei Ono.

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No. Name Club Team Graduate (cm) (kg) D.O.B

Caps

1 Masataka MIKAMI TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Tokai Univ. 178 115 1988/6/4 21
2 Takeshi KIZU KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Tokai Univ. 183 114 1988/7/15 28
3 Kensuke HATAKEYAMA SUNTORY Sungoliath Waseda Univ. 178 115 1985/8/2 58
4 Luke THOMPSON KINTETSU Liners Lincoln Univ. (NZ) 196 108 1981/4/16 48
5 Shoji ITO KOBE STEEL Kobelco Steelers Kyoto Sangyo Univ. 191 100 1980/12/2 26
6 Hendrik TUI SUNTORY Sungoliath Teikyo Univ. 189 107 1987/12/13 25
7 *
Michael LEITCH
TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Tokai Univ. 190 105 1988/10/7 37
8 Hayden HOPGOOD Kamaishi Seawaves Shirley Boys HS (NZ) 190 105 1980/7/30 1
9 Atsushi HIWASA SUNTORY Sungoliath Hosei Univ. 166 72 1987/5/22 36
10 Yu TAMURA NEC Green Rockets Meiji Univ. 181 92 1989/1/9 25
11 Akihito YAMADA PANASONIC Wild Knights Keio Univ. 181 90 1985/7/26 9
12 Male SAU YAMAHA Jubilo Tangaroa College (NZ) 183 97 1987/10/13 18
13 Harumichi TATEKAWA KUBOTA Spears Tenri Univ. 181 94 1989/12/2 26
14 Kotaro MATSUSHIMA SUNTORY Sungoliath Toin Gakuen HS 175 88 1993/2/26 4
15 Ayumu GOROMARU YAMAHA Jubilo Waseda Univ. 185 99 1986/3/1 41
16 Keita INAGAKI PANASONIC Wild Knights Kanto Gakuin Univ. 183 115 1990/6/2
17 Hiroki YUHARA TOSHIBA Brave Lupus Ryutsu Keizai Univ. 173 102 1984/1/21 16
18 Shinnosuke KAKINAGA SUNTORY Sungoliath Waseda Univ. 180 114 1991/12/19
19 Shinya MAKABE SUNTORY Sungoliath Chuo Univ. 192 118 1987/3/26 27
20 Amanaki LELEI MAFI NTT COMMUNICATIONS Shining Arcs Hanazono Univ. 189 112 1990/1/11
21 Keisuke UCHIDA PANASONIC Wild Knights Univ. of Tsukuba 177 85 1992/2/22 8
22 Kosei ONO SUNTORY Sungoliath Christchurch Boys HS (NZ) 171 83 1987/4/17 22
23 Karne HESKETH Munakata SANIX Blues Univ. of Otago (NZ) 178 98 1985/8/1
*Captain
Courtesy of Japan Rugby

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