Japan team to play France

Japan coach John Kirwan has named his team to play France in their opening rugby World Cup Pool A match in Albany on Saturday.

The team is: 15-Shaun Webb, 14-Kosuke Endo, 13-Koji Taira, 12-Ryan Nicholas, 11-Hirotoki Onozawa, 10-James Arlidge, 9-Fumiaki Tanaka, 8-Ryukoliniasi Holani, 7-Michael Leitch, 6-Takashi Kikutani (captain), 5-Toshizumi Kitagawa, 4-Luke Thompson, 3-Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2-Shota Horie, 1-Hisateru Hirashima

Replacements: 16-Yusuke Aoki, 17-Nozomu Fujita, 18-Hitoshi Ono, 19-Itaru Taniguchi, 20-Atsushi Hiwasa, 21-Murray Williams, 22-Alisi Tupuailai.

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