Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones names Japan squad

Japan coach Eddie Jones has named his squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

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Eddie Jones is confident he has the right mix of youth and experience in his Japan squad for the Rugby World Cup, after naming his final selection on Monday.

Jones finalised his 31-man group a day ahead of Japan's departure to England where they will compete against South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and United States in Pool B.

Michael Leitch is to captain the side with versatile pair Kosei Ono and Toshiaki Hirose also earning places.

Justin Ives got the nod ahead of Hayden Hopgood in the forward pack while Amanaki Lelei Mafi and Shinya Makabe have done enough to convince Jones despite returning from serious injuries recently.

"When we started this project four years ago we aimed to build a squad with international experience with the starting members having around 600 caps," Jones told reporters.

"We are going to be short on that but we do have experience in the team.

"No one is guaranteed a game. We are going to pick our strongest team every week and every game so some players may just be there to support the team."

Squad in full

Forwards: Keita Inagaki, Masataka Mikami, Kensuke Hatakeyama, Hiroshi Yamashita, Shota Horie, Takeshi Kizu, Hiroki Yuhara, Luke Thompson, Shinya Makabe, Shoji Ito, Hitoshi Ono, Michael Leitch (c), Ryu Koliniasi Holani, Michael Broadhurst, Hendrik Tui, Amanaki Lelei Mafi, Justin Ives

Backs: Fumiaki Tanaka, Atsushi Hiwasa, Harumichi Tatekawa, Yu Tamura, Kosei Ono, Craig Wing, Male Sa'u, Kenki Fukuoka, Akihito Yamada, Karne Hesketh, Yoshikazu Fujita, Ayumu Goromaru, Kotaro Matsushima, Toshiaki Hirose

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