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South Africa, Japan prepare for World Cup shock rematch

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South Africa, Japan prepare for World Cup shock rematch
Japan and South Africa set to meet for the first time since World Cup shock
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SHOWS: KUMAGAYA, JAPAN (SEPTEMBER 5, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA CAPTAIN, SIYA KOLISI, SAYING: "You can definitely see this is a much different team, much more fitter, much more stronger.

Their systems are working and they know exactly what they are about, they know their strengths and weaknesses.

It is going to be a challenge, a whole new challenge but we are also a different team at the same time.

So for both teams this is going to be something new, something different (with) a whole new coaching staff.

So I am really looking forward to it." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JAPAN ASSISTANT COACH, TONY BROWN, SAYING: "I think it is purely (about) performance for us; we want to play a certain way and we think we have a style of game that can put South Africa under pressure.

That is based around speed.

So if we can get our game going and perform as well as we can, then we are going to be very happy.

I think if we can do that, we can put South Africa under a lot of pressure and who knows, hopefully a repeat of four years ago." STORY: South Africa head into their final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against hosts Japan on Friday (September 6) with not only the upcoming tournament on their minds but also the embarrassing loss they suffered the last time the teams met.

At the 2015 World Cup, Japan caused one of the biggest upsets in tournament history with their 34-32 victory over the Springboks in England.

"You can definitely see this (Japan) is a much different team, much more fitter, much more stronger (than four years ago)," South African captain Siya Kolisi told media on Thursday (September 5).

Japan said they would like to keep the ball in hand as much as possible and stretch the Springboks across the field.

The warm-up match will kick off at 7:15 p.m.

(1015 GMT) in the World Cup host city of Kumagaya.

Meanwhile, Japan will open the World Cup against Russia on Sept.

20 in Tokyo before South Africa face old rivals New Zealand in Yokohama.

(Production: Jack Tarrant)




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