The 52-player squad of the Japan team, full of foreigners


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The 52-player squad of the Japan team, full of foreigners

Japan gave its roster of 52 players for the preparation of the team for the international tests to be played from July.

Jamie Joseph included Top League players as well as foreigners. What is striking is the number of players born in other countries that were included in the summoned list.

South Africans Gerhard van den Heever (Kubota Spears) and Shane Gates (NTT Communications Shining Arcs) join Wimpie van der Walt and Lappies Labuschagne as well as Kotaro Matsushima, who was born in Pretoria and was part of the youth structures of the Sharks and it already adds 39 tests for Japan.

For their part, the Tongan Siosaia Fifita, the Fijian Jone Naikabula and the Samoan Tevita Tatafu will contribute their island skills for Japan.

New Zealand has three players called up for the Japanese national team: Craig Millar, Mark Abbott and Liaki Moli. And for its part, Australia also has the same amount of Dylan Riley, Ben Gunter and Jack Cornelsen.

Summoned:

FORWARDS: Shunsuke ASAOKA, Keita INAGAKI, Asaeli Ai VALU, Shinnosuke KAKINAGA, Kengo KITAGAWA, Jiwon KOO, Isileli NAKAJIMA, Craig MILLAR, Yukio MORIKAWA, Atsushi SAKATE, Shunta NAKAMURA, Yoshikatsu, HIKOSAKA ABOUT HIKOSAKA Markatsu, DERECHOSAKASuke HIKOSAKA, HIKOSAKASpie HIKOSAKA ABEGatsu, WAKOSAKA ABEGATSUKA, KOSHIKOSAKA , Uwe HELU, James MOORE, Liaki MOLI, Naoki OZAWA, Ben GUNTER, Jack CORNELSEN, Shuhei MATSUHASHI, Pieter LABUSCHAGNE, Michael LEITCH, Tevita TATAFU, Lui NAEATA, Amanaki Lelei MAFI, Kazuki HIMENO.

BACKS: Koki ARAI, Taiki KOYAMA, Naoto SAITO, Kaito SHIGENO, Yu TAMURA, Doga MAEDA, Rikiya MATSUDA, Shota EMI, Jone NAIKABULA, Siosaia FIFITA, Shogo NAKANO, Kotaro MATSUSHIMA, Ataata MOEAKIOLA, Ryoto KAJIMURA, RyusEuke GEMUKETO KAJIMURA, Lava LEMUSEuke KAIOTO, Lava LEMUSEUKE GOTO KAJIMURA NAKAMURA, Dylan RILEY, Timothy LAFAELE, Seiya OZAKI, Ryuji NOGUCHI, Gerhard van den HEEVER, Ryohei YAMANAKA.


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