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Eddie Jones names eight debutants in Japan squad to face England

Eddie Jones has named a fresh-looking Japan side to take on England this weekend, with eight players in line to make their international debut.

Two of the test debutants line up in the front-row, as loosehead Takayoshi Mohara and hooker Mamoru Harada start. Shuhei Takeuchi joins them at tighthead.

Sanalia Waqa and Warner Dearns line-up in the second-row. The experienced Michael Leitch skippers the side from blindside flanker, with Tiennan Costley making his debut at openside. Faulua Makisi starts at number eight.

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In the backs division, Naoto Saito and Seugsin Lee start in the halves. Tomoki Osada and Dylan Riley are named in midfield.

Koga Nezuka and Jone Naikabula join debutant Yoshitaka Yazaki, who is yet to make his first ever professional appearance.

Rounding off the team, Shinobu Fujiwara, Keijiro Tamefusa, Samisoni Tua and Kai Yamamoto are all in line for their test debuts from the bench.

There is no room for Kazuki Himeno or Kotaro Matsushima in Eddie Jones’ first squad.

Eddie Jones Japan team to face England in full

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Starting XV: Yoshitaka Yazaki, Jone Naikabula, Dylan Riley, Tomoki Osada, Koga Nezuka, Seungsin Lee, Naoto Saito; Takayoshi Mohara, Mamoru Harada, Shuhei Takeuchi, Sanaila Waqa, Warner Dearns, Michael Leitch (C), Tiennan Costley, Faulua Makisi,

Replacements: Atsushi Sakate, Shogo Miura, Keijiro Tamefusa, Amanaki Saumaki, Kai Yamamoto, Shinobu Fujiwara, Rikiya Matsuda, Samisoni Tua

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