Emerging Nations World Cup Japan vs Turkey Preview

Japan are a somewhat unknown entity in this tournament, 2014 was their last official recognized international outing, a 46-10 loss to Thailand, 4 years later the new generation step up as they look to kick off their Emerging Nations World Cup Campaign against a Turkey side with a win already under their belt.

It's going to be a battle of brothers in this intriguing encounter, you have the Salman-Cochrane's of Turkey, who were an integral part of the victory over the Solomon Islands, going up against the Shibasaki brothers who are the real superstars of this Japanese squad, an interesting match up and one to definitely keep your eye on.

Japan's last test match saw them take a loss against Hong Kong in June this year, 32-20 in faour of the Thunder. Japan bring one of the smallest volume of players in the tournament, the Samurai's bringing just 20 players with them, 8 of which are homegrown talents that have been given the nod by coach, Jaye Brown.

Turkey's play really varied throughout their last game, opting to attack up the middle at the beginning of both half's, looking to their dangerous short kicking game close to the line. Japan are going to have to keep an eye out of Turkey's big men up the middle, in particular Yusuf Dagdanasar, the gargantuan prop has great hands and looked to offload post contact, this allowed the playmaker's to back him up on the inside and create breaks.

Expect to see a lot of up the middle rugby from the Turkish side, their side advantage alone is going to be the driving factor of this, their playmaker's will be used to setup on the edges to push through their dangerous centres', as for Japan, they'll look to avoid that arm wrestle, looking for quick play the balls and fast line moves to wear out the larger Turkey contingent, we'll have to wait until Thursday October 4th at 13:40 over at St Mary's Leagues Stadium to find out who prevails.


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