Japan coach Jamie Joseph has stuck largely to his winning big-match formula for their first-ever World Cup quarter-final, against South Africa on Sunday.
The Springboks have mentally elevated Japan’s rugby status in preparation for Sunday’s nation-stopping Rugby World Cup quarter-final against the tournament hosts.
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says his team has embraced the mental challenge of a Rugby World Cup quarter-final against the host nation as the countdown begins in earnest to Sunday’s 19h15 (12h15 SA time) kick off.
The Springboks have reverted to the starting XV and replacements that recorded a 49-3 victory over Italy a fortnight ago for the do-or-die Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.
Japan qualified to play in the quarter-final match of the ninth Rugby World Cup tournament by winning all four pool matches in Pool A. It is the first time that Japan have progressed beyond the Pool stages in nine RWC tournaments.