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Nickname: Brave Blossoms
Kit: Red jersey, two, white hoops, black shorts, and black socks, red band on top
Ranking: 14 (71.15)
Pool: B (South Africa, Scotland, Samoa, USA)
1st Match: South Africa on September 19
Past RWCs: All Seven
Path to RWC: As Asia 1 after winning the 2014 Asian 5 Nations.
WC Stats: One victory (1991, Zimbabwe 52-8) and two ties (Canada) in 24 matches.
Flag: Red disc represents the sun (“Lucky Sun”) and the white stands for honesty and purity.
Betting Odds: 2,500 to 1
Comment: Past world cups have proved difficult for the Japanese to beat other, third tier nations. Earlier this year, the USA defeated Japan 23-18 in the Pacific Nations Cup and these XVs will face off in the fourth, and final game of Pool B. The Japanese will host the RWC in 2019.