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Japan change three

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:53
Kosei-ono
We want to move the ball and play at pace
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Japan made three changes from the side beaten 54-6 by world champions in New Zealand in Tokyo last weekend.

Japan, ranked 15th in the world to Scotland's ninth, play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday

Kosei Ono comes in at flyhalf, after Harumichi Tatekawa pulled out of the European tour through injury.

The Brave Blossoms will also field a changed second row combination in Edinburgh, with locks Shinya Makabe and Luke Thompson replacing Shoji Ito and Hitoshi Ono.

"We want to move the ball and play at pace," said flyhalf Kosei Ono.

Apart from Hitoshi Ono dropping down to the bench, the one other change among the replacements saw Atsushi Hiwasa named as reserve scrumhalf, after Kosei Ono had been asked to cover both halfback positions last weekend.

Japan, the 2019 World Cup hosts, are currently under the care of stand-in coach Scott Wisemantel for their four-match European tour.

Wisemantel took over after Japan head coach Eddie Jones, who guided his native Australia to the 2003 World Cup Final and assisted Jake White in plotting South Africa's success in the 2007 tournament, suffered a mild stroke last month.

After the Scotland match, Japan play English Premiership side Gloucester on November 12 and Russia in Colwyn Bay, Wales, three days later, before rounding off their tour against Spain in Madrid on November 23.

Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromar, 14 Toshiaki Hirose, 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Kosei Ono, 9 Fumiaka Tanaka, 8 Ryu Koliniasi Holani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Shinya Makabe, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Aoki, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Hitoshi Ono, 20 Takashi Kikutani, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita.

Date: Saturday, November 9
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 11.30 Japan time)
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Leighton Hodges (Wales), Greg Garner (England)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

AFP

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