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  • 15th Jun 2013
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Japan v Wales: Josh Navidi set to make international debut

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Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi will make his Wales debut against Japan

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Japan head coach Eddie Jones has named just one change to his side ahead of Saturday's second Test against Wales in Tokyo.

Winger Toshiaki Hirose regains his place on the right as Yoshikazu Fujita is demoted to the bench following the 22-18 defeat last Saturday.

Hirose returns from a hamstring injury to captain a Japan side which will be brimming with confidence having thoroughly tested Wales in the first encounter.

Super Rugby stars Fumiaki Tanaka and Shota Horie retain their places in the starting XV as Jones' side aim to go one better and overturn the reigning Six Nations champions.

Meanwhile interim Wales coach Robin McBryde has made four changes in personnel after narrowly avoiding defeat in the first Test last weekend.

Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi will make his international bow in place of Andrew Coombs who subsequently drops to the bench.

Navidi will be joined in the forward pack by teammate Andries Pretorius who comes in at No 8 while Saracens prop Rhys Gill gets the nod at loosehead ahead of Ryan Bevington.

In the backs, McBryde makes one switch with Dragons winger Tom Prydie coming in on the left with Dafydd Howells reduced to the bench as Wales seek a sixth consecutive international victory.

Japan: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Toshiaki Hirose (capt), 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Harumichi Tatekawa, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Takashi Kikutani, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Shoji Ito, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Hiroshi Yamashita, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami.
Replacements: 16 Takeshi Kizu, 17 Yusuke Nagae, 18 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Justin Ives, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Yoshikazu Fujita.

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Andries Pretorius, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 James King, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Bradley Davies (capt), 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Dan Baker, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Dafydd Howells.

What they said...

Japan head coach Eddie Jones

"It's a massive opportunity for us. The big thing is to step up to the mark again. We need to give everything to see how good we are. We realise Wales will be better but hopefully we will be too.

"We need to get out of the blocks quickly, get a lead and then put them under pressure. If we had extended the pressure we had them under last week for 10 more minutes then we would have won. But we let them off the hook."

Wales interim coach Robin McBryde

"The players have again all put their hands up for selection making it a tough call for us and that shows their determination to get out on the field and represent their country.

"Japan showed what they are capable of last weekend and we know we will have to be at our best to get the second victory and finish the season on a high."

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