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Japan have best opportunity to take down All Blacks

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 3, 2018 13:01

Japan have best opportunity to take down All Blacks

Japan captain Michael Leitch says his side have never had a better opportunity to beat New Zealand with the world champions giving fringe players the chance to shine in Tokyo.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named a completely changed side from that which romped to victory over Australia last week, including eight uncapped players in the 23, as he looks ahead to next year’s Rugby World Cup.Japan, hosts of the 2019 global showpiece, have suffered heavy defeats in all three of their previous meetings with the All Blacks, the most recent a 54-6 thrashing at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo in 2013.There is a heavy New Zealand influence in the Japan camp.As well as Leitch, former All Black Jamie Joseph is head coach and John Plumtree, who will take over as head coach of the Wellington Hurricanes next season, is part of Joseph’s staff.Leitch said Plumtree has had a huge impact on the side’s defence.Japan face New Zealand at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium, which will host the opening match of the World Cup.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 3, 2018 13:01
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