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Both these sides suffered poor first-up defeats in November but bounced back last week with wins over Argentina and Georgia respectively.
Wales should now surely put this Brave Blossoms side away, even if they have rotated their side with a new half-back combination starting.
Rob Howley desperately needed that success over Argentina after the disastrous result and performance against the Wallabies on November 5. That win was in part down to the return of Liam Williams and it is interesting to see him switch places with Leigh Halfpenny this weekend. Wales will hope that move to full-back maximises his attacking threat so that he can cause Japan serious issues with his running ability.
Gareth Anscombe’s inclusion alongside Lloyd Williams shouldn’t see much, if any, dip in quality as the Cardiff Blues pair have been in a rich vein of form for their region this season. On the replacements bench there is also impact from Gareth Davies and Sam Davies to come.
Eyes will surely though be on young Ospreys wing Keelan Giles when he makes his debut off the bench. The 18-year-old has been impressive this term and with Alex Cuthbert struggling for form, a solid showing when he gets his chance could see Giles shoot up the pecking order.
Of course it is expected that George North and several others will return to face South Africa next week, but this is a rare opportunity for many in this side to impress. Howley will hope that is the case to give him a selection headache rather than negative media fallout.
For Japan the victory over Georgia was much-needed after the hammering they took against the Pumas. Head coach Jamie Joseph is of course still finding his feet in his new job and he’ll hope his senior players recapture their 2015 World Cup form when they run out in Cardiff.
Shota Horie, Amanaki Mafi, Fumiaki Tanaka and Harumichi Tatekawa will be key to their hopes of an upset but on paper it looks an unlikely prospect as Howley’s men should claim a comfortable win. That would set them up nicely for the big one against the Springboks, which will of course lead to November being viewed as either positive or negative from a Welsh standpoint. However, lose to Japan and the knives will be out.
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Leigh Halfpenny, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Alex Cuthbert, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 James King, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Cory Hill, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Keelan Giles
Japan: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Malgene Ilaua, 5 Samuela Anise, 4 Kyosuke Kajikawa, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Satoshi Nakatani
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 21 Yuhimaru Mimura, 22 Keisuke Uchida, 23 Amanaki Lotoahea