Toshiaki Hirose fit to skipper Japan against Wales

Last Updated: 13/06/13 7:14am

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Toshiaki Hirose: Returns to skipper Japan

Toshiaki Hirose: Returns to skipper Japan

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Toshiaki Hirose returns to captain Japan for their second Test against Wales in Tokyo.

The Toshiba Brave Lupus winger missed Japan's agonising 22-18 defeat in Osaka but he is the only change for the rematch.

And Japan head coach Eddie Jones is confident his side can level the series.

"We are really looking forward to the game," said Jones. "We were in a position to win the last game but we weren't quite good enough, but the great thing about playing a two test series is we have another chance this week.

"Previous games between Japan and Wales have seen 50-point plus wins for Wales but we are satisfied with a close loss.

"Generally it's the team that starts well, is more physical, has the right attitude at the start of the game that comes out on top, so we have been preparing all week for that.

"Obviously Wales have changed their team a little bit, making changes in their back row and we are expecting a performance from Wales that was similar to their second half and we are really looking forward to it.

"It's important for us not to take a step backwards and to continue pushing Japanese rugby forward."

Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Toshiaki Hirose (capt), 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Takashi Kikutani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Shoji Ito, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Justin Ives, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita

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