Japan vs Canada

Discussion in 'International Test Matches' started by Melhor Time, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. Melhor Time

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    Japan smashed and embarrassed Canada 46-8 in a record breaking win in the first test last Sunday., A result which saw Japan rise to a record high in the IRB World Rankings and gave us all a good idea of the success of John Kirwan's regime as Japanese coach. His team was not one packed of imported players at all. Samoa had plenty more in their match vs Wales. Only a few years ago Japanese teams were always dominated by imported players, but now the teams are two-thirds Japanese. That is a significant switch.

    Alisi Tupuailei, who is an import will get a chance to start at centre as he replaces Koji Taira for this match. This is the only change for Japan. Canada, on the other hand have changed a few with prop Doug Woolridge in for Dan Pletch, Nanyak Daka starting ahead of Chauncey O'Toole (one of Canada's exciting players), Sean White will start at scrumhalf, Nick Blevins and Matt Evans starting in the centres and Ciaran Hearn starting at 14.

    So, many changes fir thbe visitors but not the mandatory one: Nate Hirayama. Why on earther is this kid not Canada's flyhalf?

    The two venues used for this tour are on the list for the 2019 World Cup.

    Japan to win again, by fewer but to still win well.

    Teams confirmed:

    Japan: 15 Go Aruga, 14 Kosuke Endo, 13 Alisi Tupuailei, 12 Ryan Nicholas, 11 Hirotoki Onozawa, 10 Shaun Webb, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka/Tomoki Yoshida, 8 Takashi Kikutani (captain), 7 Phil O’Reilly, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Toshizumi Kitagawa, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Naoki Kawamata.
    Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Hisateru Hirashima, 18 Shinya Makabe, 19 Toetuíu Taufa, 20 Yuki Yatomi, 21 James Arlidge, 22 Ayumu Goromaru

    Coach: John Kirwan.

    Canada: 15 James Pritchard, 14 Ciaran Hearn, 13 Matt Evans, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 Justin Mensah-Coker, 10 Ander Monro, 9 Sean White, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 Adam Kleeberger, 6 Nanyak Dala, 5 Tyler Hotson, 4 Jebb Sinclair, 3 Doug Wooldridge, 2 Pat Riordan (aptain), 1 Kevin Tkachuk
    Replacements: 16 Mike Pletch, 17 Dan Pletch, 18 Chauncey O'Toole, 19 Mark MacSween, 20 Phil Mack, 21 Nathan Hirayama, 22 Sean Duke
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