Joseph changes 5 for Japan v Ireland clash

Jamie Joseph (Getty)
Jamie Joseph (Getty)

Tokyo - Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has made five changes to his starting line-up to face Ireland at the Shizuoka's Ecopa Stadium on Saturday. 

Kick-off is at 07:00 SA time.

With Harumichi Tatekawa, Akihito Yamada, Yu Chinen and Hitoshi Ono all out injured, William Tupou starts alongside Timothy Lafaele at centre, while Kotaro Matsushima comes in on the wing with Ya Tamura wearing the No 10 jersey this week ahead of Jumpei Ogura. 

Up front Keita Inagaki and Heiichiro Ito come in for Takuma Ashara and Koki Yamamoto at prop, with captain Shota Horie at hooker.

Teams:

Japan

15 Ryuji Noguchi, 14 Kotaro Matshima, 13 William Tupou, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Keita Inagaki

Substitutes: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Hendrik Tui, 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Derek Carpenter, 23 Rikiya Matsuda

Ireland

15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Rhys Ruddock (captain), 5 Devin Toner, 4 Quinn Roux, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Cian Healy

Substitutes: 16 James Tracy, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Jack O'Donoghue, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Rory O'Loughlin, 23 Tiernan O'Halloran

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