September 10, 2019 / 5:02 AM / 5 days ago

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Sept 10 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Japan squad for the Rugby World Cup on home soil, where they will compete in Pool A:

JAPAN

World ranking: 10

Coach: Jamie Joseph (New Zealand)

Captain: Michael Leitch

Squad:

Forwards - Michael Leitch, Keita Inagaki, Yusuke Kizu, Jiwon Koo, Isileli Nakajima, Asaeli Valu, Takuya Kitade, Atsushi Sakate, Shota Horie, Luke Thompson, Wimpie van der Walt, Uwe Helu, James Moore, Hendrik Tui, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno, Amanaki Mafi

Backs - Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yutaka Nagare, Yu Tamura, Rikiya Matsuda, Kenki Fukuoka, Ataata Moeakiola, Lomano Lemeki, William Tupou, Ryoto Nakamura, Timothy Lafaele, Kotaro Matsushima, Ryohei Yamanaka

WORLD CUP RECORD

W - 4, L - 22, D - 2

Tournaments: 8

Last World Cup: Pool Stage (2015)

Best finish: Pool Stage (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)

WORLD CUP POOL A FIXTURES

Sept 20 Japan v Russia Tokyo

Sept 28 Japan v Ireland Fukuroi

Oct 5 Japan v Samoa Toyota

Oct 13 Japan v Scotland Yokohama

RESULTS IN 2019

Jul 27 Japan 34-21 Fiji

Aug 3 Japan 41-7 Tonga

Aug 10 Japan 34-20 U.S.

Sep 6 Japan 7-41 South Africa (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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