Recap: All Blacks vs Japan – Tokyo rugby international

The All Blacks kick off their northern tour with a clash against Japan, coached by Jamie Joseph, on Saturday in Tokyo.

New Zealand have never lost to the Brave Blossoms and should still rack up the points against the 10th-largest team in world rugby.

All Blacks captain Sam Cane flew in for a tryout when they faced Japan in 2013 in Tokyo.

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All Blacks captain Sam Cane flew in for a tryout when they faced Japan in 2013 in Tokyo.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will start his first test for the All Blacks after two appearances off the bench, lining up second five-eighth.

Coach Ian Foster selected six players who featured in the 40-14 win over the Wallabies to clinch the Rugby League title on September 24.

THE GAME

What: All Blacks vs Japan

Where: National Stadium, Tokyo

To start up: Saturday, 6:50 p.m. (live broadcast on Stuff from 6:30 p.m.)

THE TEAMS

All Blacks: Stephen Perofeta, Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo’unga, Finlay Christie, Hoskins Sotutu, Sam Cane (captain), Shannon Frizell, Tupou Vaa’i, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laualala, Dane Coles , George Bower. Reservations: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Dalton Papali’i, Aaron Smith, David Havili, Anton Lienert-Brown.

Japan: Ryohei Yamanaka, Kotaro Matsushima, Dylan Riley, Ryoto Nakamura, Siosaia Fifita, Takuya Yamasawa, Yutaka Nagare, Tevita Tatafu, Kazuki Himeno, Michael Leitch, Jack Cornelsen, Warner Dearns, Jiwon Gu, Atsushi Sakate (captain), Keita Inagaki. Reservations: Takeshi Hino, Craig Millar, Shuhei Takeuchi, Kanji Shimokawa, Faulua Makisi, Naoto Saito, Seungsi Lee, Gerhard van den Heever.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has a big opportunity to impress, earning his first start for the All Blacks against Japan on Saturday.

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has a big opportunity to impress, earning his first start for the All Blacks against Japan on Saturday.

THE REF

Arbitrator: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)

Assistant referees: Jordan Way (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)

Match official on TV: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

WEATHER

Sunny weather is expected with highs of 20 degrees and light winds.

THE CHANCES

All Blacks $1.03, Japan $8.50

THE STORY

Played four; All Blacks: four wins, Japan: no wins

Last meeting in 2018: All Blacks 69, Japan 31

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