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Pacific Nations Cup: Japan’s Counter Move

Joseph, while naming his 23-member squad yesterday, said they were going to try to counter and contain the Fijians.
27 Jul 2019 14:45
Pacific Nations Cup: Japan’s Counter Move
Members of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad at a training session in Japan on July 26, 2019. Fiji, as defending champions, take on Japan today in the first 2019 Pacific Nations Cup match in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture. The match will be aired live on Fiji TV from 5:50pm. Photo: Kenji Demura

In a surprise move Japan’s rugby head coach Jamie Joseph is going to use captain, Michael Leitch, as an impact player in today’s Pacific Nations Cup clash at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in the Iwate Prefecture.

This is to counter Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee’s plan to introduce fiery flanker Peceli Yato, late into the game.

Joseph, while naming his 23-member squad yesterday, said they were going to try to counter and contain the Fijians.

“Fiji have really improved in lots of areas,” he said.

“They still love their unstructured rugby and are really dangerous and threatening from broken play and they are full of athletes who can all offload. (But) we also wanted to give an opportunity to some of our players to play.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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