Rugby World Cup: Japan practices ahead of match against England

In the men's Rugby World Cup in France, following their 42-12 win over Chile, Japan will face England in their second Pool D match.

Ahead of the match on Sunday night, local time in Nice, the Brave Blossoms had a final practice session.

The first 15 minutes were open to news media.

Captain Himeno Kazuki, who returns to the side after sitting out the match with Chile due to injury, took part in the practice.

So did veteran flanker Leitch Michael and 37-year-old Horie Shota, the oldest player on the team.

Japan has faced England 10 times in the past and has yet to win a match against them.

The first two encounters were back in 1971 in Japan. Japan was beaten 19-27 and 3-6.

In the 1987 World Cup, Japan lost to England 7-60.

In more recent matches Japan lost 15-35 in 2018, and 13-52 in 2022.