, Fiji named an initial 32-man squad for the tournament on 16 August 2019, before reducing it to the final 31 on 3 September. , 1 On 24 September, Kurt Morath and Nafi Tuitavake were ruled out for the remainder of the tournament following injuries sustained in Tonga's opening match against England. , 1 On 10 September, Justin Blanchet was replaced by Josh Larsen in the World Cup squad following an injury sustained in Canada's final warm-up match. Japan have named their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad for the tournament; Forwards (18) Keita Inagaki Yusuke Kizu Koo Ji-won Isileli Nakajima Asaeli Ai Valu Takuya Kitade Atsushi Sakata Shota Horie Luke Thompson Wimpie van der Walt Uwe Helu James Moore Hendrik Tui Yoshitaka Tokunaga Michael Leitch (captain) Lappies Labuschagne Kazuki Himeno , Scotland named an initial 42-man training squad on 7 May 2019. Japan Squad for 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup Name (Japan player number) Their final warm game will be against the Springboks (South Africa), whom they famously beat at the RWC 2015, on September 6th in Kumagaya. The tournament is administered by World Rugby, to whom each team submitted their finalised squad by 8 September 2019. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate.  On 10 July 2019, Paul Willemse had to withdraw from the team due to injury; he was replaced by Romain Taofifénua. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Included in the Japanese national rugby team is one uncapped player, Takuya Kitade (hooker). , 2 On 24 September, Henry Pyrgos replaced Ali Price, after he suffered a foot injury in the team's opening match against Ireland. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?  On 20 July 2019, Cyril Baille was called up to replaced the injured Étienne Falgoux. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The concept behind the jersey design also reflects this challenge. On 17 July 2019, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced the 31-man Japan squad for the 2019 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup. Latiume Fosita and Fetuli Paea replaced them. Japan is also placed in Pool A at the Rugby World Cup and open the tournament against Russia on September 20th before tougher games against Ireland, Samoa and Scotland. The team is currently coached by former All Black great John Kirwan. , 1 Ben Spencer was called up on 27 October as an injury replacement for Willi Heinz. , 1 On 23 September, Thomas du Toit replaced Trevor Nyakane, after he injured his calf in the team's opening match against New Zealand. The concept is built around the phrase "Wolves Win Worldwide" - a desire represented by the three "W's" emblazoned on our new jerseys. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.  On 19 June, Samu Manoa retired from international rugby and withdrew from the squad.  The final 31-man squad for the tournament was confirmed on 3 September. , Georgia announced their 31-man squad for the tournament on 2 September 2019. , On 8 September, USA were the last side to name their 31-man squad. In particular, his ability to force turnovers will prove invaluable – as will his all-round experience on the international stage. Former All Blacks Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden will join the Kobe Kobelco Steelers in the Japan Rugby Top League next season, the club announced Friday. , Argentina named their 31-man squad for the tournament on 19 August 2019.. , Italy named their 31-man squad for the tournament on 18 August 2019. The concept behind the jersey design also reflects this challenge. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below. The word represents the strength of the new Japanese team, its passion symbolized by a blazing sun, as it stands up against the new challenge. , 2 On 16 October, Rob Herring replaced Seán Cronin following an injury. Twenty national teams will compete, and each will bring a 31-man squad containing no regulated number of players per-position to the tournament. In addition, Isileli Nakajima and Koo Ji Won were included after recent injuries and join the same players announced in the recent Pacific Nations Cup, which Japan won. Take into account the backing they’ll receive as the hosts, there’s every reason to believe this could be the tournament in which they finally reach the knockout stages. YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Like tennis star Naomi Osaka and NBA player Rui Hachimura, Japan's rugby team offers a diverse and slightly different … As described previously, the SUNWOLVES stands for the blazing sun of Japan whilst representing the agility and organizational strength which will be utilized to overcome their opponents. They kick off the tournament with their clash against Russia in Tokyo on 20 September. Japan Rugby Top League 2021 tournament outline and first stage schedule VIEW DETAIL Ren-G is BACK! Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium.