One change for Japan
September 18, 2007
Japan coach John Kirwan has made just one change in personnel to his starting XV for Thursday's World Cup Pool B clash with Wales in Cardiff.
With full-back Go Aruga not recovering from the ankle injury he sustained in the 35-31 defeat to Fiji last time out, Christian Loamanu moves from the wing to number 15.
Kosuke Endo switches from the left to the right wing in place of Loamanu, so Hirotoki Onozawa - the one personnel change - is promoted from the bench to the left flank.
The Japanese have lost both of their matches in the tournament, the Fiji reverse coming after a 91-3 thrashing by Australia in Lyon.
Japan team to play Wales in Cardiff on Thursday: C Loamanu; K Endo, Y Imamura, S Onishi, H Onozawa; B Robins, T Yoshida; T Nishiura, Y Matsubara, T Soma, H Ono, L Thompson, H Makiri, P O'Reilly, T Miuchi (capt).
Replacements: T Inokuchi, R Yamamura, T Kumagae, Y Watanabe, Chulwon Kim, K Taira, T Kusumi.
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