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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 14 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Ireland rebounded from its jolting loss to Japan by defeating winless Russia only 35-0 in a humdrum Pool A match.

The Irish made 11 changes for the pool match five days after the Japan result, and they still looked well oiled in going 14-0 up in even time. But despite wingers from Japan and Samoa scoring seven tries by showing up Russia’s weakness on the outside in previous games, Ireland preferred the direct route, taking on the Bears up front, and it wasn’t pretty.

It took until Russia received its first yellow card for Ireland to score its third try, just before halftime, and then not until Russia’s second yellow card for Ireland to earn the fourth bonus-point try.

After two tries in the first 12 minutes, Ireland scored two tries in the next 40. There was a late flourish when center Garry Ringrose, who barely touched the ball all match, finished off a sweeping attack from deep in the Irish half and make the scoreline flatter the winners.

It was debatable who was happier: Russia didn’t score but lost its last match to Ireland 62-12 at the 2011 World Cup.

8:10 p.m.

Ireland leads Russia 21-0 in a Pool A game in Kobe, rebounding five days after its upset loss to Japan.

As against Japan, Ireland made a great start with a try after 90 seconds for fullback Rob Kearney from a set move, then flanker Peter O’Mahony chased a grubber kick by Jonathan Sexton to score between the posts.

However, Kiril Golonotskiy, Russia’s only try-scorer in this Rugby World Cup, slammed his left knee into a post as he tackled O’Mahony and was carried off.

The match was stop-start for injuries and turnovers, and meandered until Russia lock Bogdan Fedotko was sin-binned for a professional foul, and Ireland used the man advantage to work flanker Rhys Ruddock over off phase play five minutes from halftime.

6 p.m.

Japan coach Jamie Joseph has made three changes to the starting lineup that shocked Ireland for Saturday’s Pool A match against Samoa.

Backrower Michael Leitch, hooker Atsushi Sakate and lock Wimpie van der Walt will start in favor of Amanaki Mafi, Shota Horie and Luke Thompson.

Shota Horie drops to the bench despite being voted player of the match in Japan’s comeback 19-12 win over an Ireland lineup that had been ranked No. 1 before the World Cup.

Japan can clinch a quarterfinal spot for the first time with another win, after beating Russia in the tournament opener and then upstaging Ireland.

Samoa opened with a win over Russia before losing 34-0 to Scotland.

Japan: Ryohei Yamanaka, Kotaro Matsushima, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Lomano Lemeki, Yu Tamura, Yutaka Nagare; Kazuki Himeno, Pieter Labuschagne, Michael Leitch, James Moore, Wimpie van der Walt, Jiwon Koo, Atsushi Sakate, Keita Inagaki. Reserves: Shota Horie, Isileli Nakajima, Asaeli Ai Valu, Uwe Helu, Hendrik Tui, Fumiaki Tanaka, Rikiya Matsuda, Kenki Fukuoka.

5:05 p.m.

Fiji has boosted its flagging Rugby World Cup campaign with seven tries and an attacking bonus point in a 45-10 win against Pool D rival Georgia.

A win for Georgia would have all-but secured third place and qualified it automatically for the 2023 World Cup. Instead, Fiji now is in a better position to seal that spot.

After veteran lock Mamuka Gorgodze trimmed Fiji’s lead to 17-10 with Georgia’s only try in the 52nd minute, free-flowing Fiji cut loose.

Waisea Nayacalevu scored Fiji’s only first-half try and fullback Soso Matiashvili’s penalty goal for Georgia made it 7-3 at the interval.

Fiji’s second-half tries came from scrumhalf Frank Lomani, right winger Josua Tuisova, two from left winger Semi Radradra, and one each from flanker Semi Kunatani and replacement lock Apisalome Ratuniyarawa.

3:45 p.m.

Maxime Medard played fullback when France lost to Tonga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and he’ll line up again in the No. 15 jersey when the teams meet again in Japan.

France coach Jacques Brunel recalled Medard among 11 changes to the starting XV that beat the United States on Wednesday. He planned to finalize his reserves bench on Friday, two days before the Pool C game against the Tongans.

France has opened with wins over Argentina and the United States and can secure a spot in the knockout rounds with a win over Tonga, even before it plays England.

The selection of Baptiste Serin and Romain Ntamack in the halves means that France have used three different combinations at Nos. 9 and 10 to start the tournament.

France: Maxime Medard, Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Sofiane Guitoune, Alivereti Raka, Romain Ntamack, Baptiste Serin; Gregorie Alldritt, Charles Ollivon, Wenceslas Lauret, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Paul Gabrillagues, Rabah Slimani, Camille Chat, Jefferson Poirot (captain).

3:25 p.m.

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