Springboks set to face Japan in 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up

Rugby International Match

2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya, Japan
Friday, 6 September 2019
Kick-off: 12h15 CAT 

South Africa will be away to Japan in an international match in Kumagaya on Friday.

Pieter-Steph du Toit in action for South Africa.

The two teams will be using the match as preparation for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup which will be hosted by Japan between 20 September and November 2. 
The Springboks defeated Argentina 24-18 in their last match which was an international game last month.

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While Japan's Brave Blossoms beat Fiji, the USA and Tonga to claim the Pacific Rugby Championship recently and have been in camp lying in wait for the Springboks. 

The match between the Springboks and Brave Blossoms will mark the 50th Test appearance for Pieter-Steph du Toit, South Africa Rugby’s Player of the Year for 2018.

Michael Leitch in action for Japan.

Meanwhile, Japan will look to their influential captain Michael Leitch, who was born in New Zealand.

The 30-year-old flanker bagged two tries as the Brave Blossoms celebrated their return to the Pacific Nations Cup with a 34-20 win over the United States in Fiji last month.

This will be the Springboks’ first Test match in Japan and the second time the teams have met.
Japan were the opponents in the Springboks’ opening match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Brighton, a seaside resort in the county of East Sussex, England.·

Siya Kolisi in action for South Africa

In September 2015, Japan defeated Jean de Villiers’ Springboks by two points in the dying moments of the match.

Japan are the only nation that can boast a positive winning percentage against the Springboks, other than New Zealand.

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South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus named 22 of the Springbok 23 that fought to a last-gasp draw against New Zealand in July, 2019.

The return to the starting line-up of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, now fully recovered from injury, is the only change to the team that drew 16-16 with the All Blacks in the Castle Lager RugbyChampionship match.
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South Africa team to face Japan 

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff 

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Jesse Kriel

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Published: 09/03/2019