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Japan hires lineout coach

Former English skipper Steve Borthwick is new Japan lineout coach. Photo: Planet Rugby

Former English skipper Steve Borthwick is new Japan lineout coach. Photo: Planet Rugby

Japan coach Eddie Jones is eager for his side to peak at next year’s World Cup after an impressive nine-game winning streak for the national team.

Victories over Canada and the USA have made for an outstanding month for the Brave Blossoms, with this weekend seeing them face Italy in Tokyo.

And Jones believes it will be a difficult task to make it ten in a row when they face the Azzurri, a side they have struggled against in the past.

“It will be our toughest game of the year,” the former Australia head coach told reporters.

“Japan’s record against Italy is not impressive so it’s a fantastic opportunity to change Japanese rugby history.”

Japan’s recent success risks becoming a double-edged sword for Jones, however, as World Cup rivals devote more time to analysing how to avoid being upset in England next year.

“Of course we really want to peak at the World Cup,” said Jones.

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Nadolo rated best centre

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian inside centre Nemani Nadolo scores the hosts opening try against Italy at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Photo: RugbyLive

Flying Fijian Nemani Nadolo was rated the best inside centre from all the Test matches that were played last weekend.

According to Planet Rugby, Nadolo after taking the Super Rugby by storm was “of similar style and stature to Jonah Lomu.” Nadolo opened the account for Fiji scoring in the first half.

Planet Rugby analysts were also surprised with Nadolo’s boot after he took over the kicking duties, kicking two penalties and two conversions.

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