Beauden Barrett Rugby World Cup: Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus compares Japan’s style to ABs

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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus expects his team’s upcoming game against Japan will assist in preparations for its first World Cup pool fixture against the All Blacks.

Erasmus has named a strong side to face Japan in Kumagaya on Friday, as he ramps up his team’s preparations ahead of the Springboks’ match against the All Blacks in Yokohama on September 21. 

Beauden Barrett Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus won't have forgotten the way Japan embarrassed his countrymen in the pool game at the 2015 tournament.

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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus won’t have forgotten the way Japan embarrassed his countrymen in the pool game at the 2015 tournament.

Japan, who are coached by former All Blacks flanker Jamie Joseph, are expected to unleash a high-tempo style of game during the tournament as they attempt to qualify for the quarterfinals at the tournament for the first time.

Joseph will be aiming for his well-conditioned players to manipulate opponents into making mistakes or miss tackles in the warm conditions in Japan, and Erasmus says he can see similarities with that game plan when looking ahead to the highly-anticipated first pool game against the All Blacks.

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“The way Japan plays is a lot like New Zealand,” Erasmus told media ahead of the game in Kumagaya.

“It is a high-speed, high-

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