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With victories over USA and the Brave Blossoms already in the bank, Joe Schmidt’s men take on Japan again, who will want to respond after last week’s 50-22 result in Shizuoka. Ireland were simply a class apart in that fixture as the speed they played at had Japan in trouble.
Keith Earls, Jack Conan and Dan Leavy all stood out with Earls in particular a joy to watch as he scored two and set up a couple of tries while making 116 metres with ball in hand. This week he switches wings to the right as Schmidt freshens up his squad for the tour finale.
Six personnel and two positional tweaks are made by Ireland as starting debuts are given to lock Kieran Treadwell and hooker James Tracy. It’s still an extremely potent line-up though as Josh van der Flier comes in for Leavy while they lose nothing with Kieran Marmion replacing Luke McGrath at scrum-half. Other tweaks include Luke Marshall starting at 12 while Simon Zebo drops out, with Andrew Conway at 15.
Ireland are heavy favourites to run out handsome winners and it is hard to disagree with the bookmakers there as they look like a side full of confidence under boss Schmidt while Japan, in contrast, continue to struggle to live up to that Rugby World Cup pool form of 2015.
These two sides have been drawn in the same pool at the 2019 showpiece so one feels the Brave Blossoms need to show a great deal more in terms of defensive solidity this week to send a message to the Irish. Simply it was too easy last week for Ireland to score seven tries.
Joseph will have been working hard on that defence in training and it’s clear he was unhappy with their performance as he wielded the axe for this rematch. Eight alterations have been made in total and he even chooses to hand the captaincy to Michael Leitch to lift the squad.
It’s hard to see any miracles though in Shizouka this weekend as Ireland should again be too strong and run out comfortable winners, which would cap a fine tour for Schmidt and his young players who, to a man, have put their hand up for further international caps in the future.
Japan: 15 Ryuji Noguchi, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Kotaro Matsushima, 12 Yu Tamura, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Jumpei Ogura, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Michael Leitch (c), 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Shintaro Ishihara
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Takayuki Watanabe, 19 Kotaro Yatabe, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka
Ireland: 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Rhys Ruddock (c), 5 Devin Toner, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 John Ryan, 2 James Tracy, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 James Ryan, 20 Sean Reidy, 21 John Cooney, 22 Rory Scannell, 23 Tiernan O’Halloran