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Emma Smith

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  1. try

    Try – Japan 0-5 Chile

    Rodrigo Fernandez (6 mins)

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    Japan 0-0 Chile

    Have Chile scored their first World Cup try?

    They move the ball through hands well, it looks like the chance is lost with a loose pass, but then the ball breaks free, Rodrigo Fernandez kicks on and touches over the line.

    It has gone to the TMO.

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    Japan 0-0 Chile

    This Japanese side are an unknown quantity – in the four years since the most recent World Cup, they have played just 17 international matches.

    So far they have been playing at Chile’s tempo, although they move the ball through the hands for the first time and look as if they could have pace to trouble the South Americans.


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    SMS Message: Watching in Yokohama with my Japanese wife, today we’re supporting Japan but next week we’ll be on opposite sides! from Anon

    Watching in Yokohama with my Japanese wife, today we’re supporting Japan but next week we’ll be on opposite sides!

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    Japan 0-0 Chile

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    Chile seeing plenty of ball in the opening seconds. They are being backed by a very noisy, red-clad contingent of fans who sang the anthem with real gusto. Great scenes.

  6. Here we go – game one of three today is under way.

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    Japan fans smile for the picture in the stand

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    Japan v Chile (12.00 BST)

    The players have emerged from the tunnel into a hot, humid, noisy stadium in Toulouse.

    A reminder of the teams today:

    Japan XV: Semisi Masirewa; Kotaro Matsushima, Dylan Riley, Ryoto Nakamura, Jone Naikabula; Rikiya Matsuda, Yutaka Nagare; Keita Inagaki, Atsushi Sakate, Jiwon Gu, Amanaki Saumaki, Amato Fakatava, Michael Leitch, Kanji Shimokawa, Jack Cornelsen.

    Replacements: Shota Horie, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu, Warner Dearns, Shota Fukui, Naoto Saito, Tomoki Osada, Lomano Lemeki.

    Chile XV: Inaki Ayarza; Santiago Videla, Domingo Saavedra, Matias Garafulic, Franco Velarde; Rodrigo Fernandez, Marcelo Torrealba; Javier Carrasco, Diego Escobar, Matias Dittus, Clemente Saavedra, Javier Eissmann, Martin Sigren, Raimundo Martinez, Alfonso Escobar.

    Replacements: Augusto Bohme, Salvador Lues, Inaki Gurruchaga, Pablo Huete, Santiago Pedrero, Ignacio Silva, Lukas Carvallo, Jose Ignacio Larenas.


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    You can get in touch using the details above – we’re keen to hear your views on this game and every match today.

    Can Japan reach the knock-outs again? Do you back Chile to cause an upset? How and where are you watching the games today?

  9. World Rugby confirms water breaks for this weekend’s games

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    With a heatwave crossing Europe right now, World Rugby has confirmed there will be water breaks at all Rugby World Cup matches this weekend.

    The breaks will take place midway through both halves at a natural break in play, at the decision of the referee.

    With temperatures potentially hitting 31 degrees in Toulouse today, those water breaks will certainly be needed. It is expected that the heatwave will break in the next few days however, with cooler temperatures for the next round of fixtures.

  10. Meet the fly-halves

    Rodrigo Fernandez – Chile

    One of 30 Chile players to play his club rugby for Chilean side Selknam, Fernandez is a running threat with ball in hand, scoring two tries in his past three internationals in the lead-up to the World Cup in France.

    The 27-year-old also scored World Rugby’s try of the year in 2022 for his length-of-the-field score in their World Cup qualifier against the United States.

    Goal-kicking is not something he needs to worry about as he earns his 33rd cap today, with wing Santiago Videla on duty from the tee.

    Rodrigo Fernandez

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  11. Meet the fly-halves

    Rikiya Matsuda – Japan

    The question of fly-half has hung over Japan in the build-up to this competition, with Seungsin Lee playing in the Pacific Nations Cup, in which he kicked 22 points.

    Lee may return to face England in Japan’s second match, but today coach Jamie Joseph has given the nod to 2019 World Cup squad member Rikiya Matsuda.

    Rikiya Matsuda

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    Japan v Chile (12:00 BST)

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    According to stats gurus Opta, both of these sides have a less than 0.5% chance of winning this World Cup.

    But, as Japan proved when beating South Africa in 2015, the underdog can often have their day. England and Argentina are the supposed big dogs in Pool D, but England have had far from the best preparation and the Pumas were well below par in losing to England on Saturday, so the Japanese will hold plenty of hope of a top-two finish.

    As for Chile, they have the freedom of the debutant, playing without pressure. And if the World Cup is no time for dreaming, when is?

  13. Did you know?

    Japan v Chile (12:00 BST)

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    • Chile are the 26th different team to play at a World Cup.
    • This will be the first time three South American teams have featured at the same World Cup (also Argentina and Uruguay).
    • Chile have not won a match since their victory over the United States that secured their qualification.
  14. Four sets of brothers in Chile squad

    Japan v Chile (12:00 BST)

    One particular theme instilled by Chile is a sense of “brotherhood”.

    They have four sets of brothers in their 33-man squad, with two – Alfonso and Diego Escobar, and Clemente and Domingo Saavedra – named in the starting line-up to face Japan today.

    “First and foremost, we are a group of friends,” said full-back Inaki Ayarza.

    “Most of us have known each other since we were very young and many play in the same team. I think that’s our strength – unity.”

  15. From Santiago to Paris – via Doncaster

    Japan v Chile (12.00 BST)

    Most of the Chile squad will be unfamiliar to a British audience. Of the 33 players, 30 play their rugby for Selknam, a club in the capital city of Chile, Santiago.

    An exception is captain Martin Sigren, who became the first player from the country to play professional rugby in England when he signed for Doncaster Knights in the second-tier Championship last year.

    “He came to our attention through an agent who works for a lot of the guys from emerging nations,” Doncaster Knights head coach Steve Boden told BBC Sport.

    “Before this World Cup he mentioned he wanted to be in the best position possible to play in the tournament and we could give him that preparation.

    “He is a smart guy and quite level-headed, as much off the field. He understands you can be the best rugby player in the world but the team environment and culture, that is more important than ability.”

    You can read more about Sigren in our feature here.

    Martin Sigren

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  16. Listen live

    Japan v Chile (12:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra

    Once play begins, head to the top of this page and click on the audio icon to listen to live BBC radio commentary of this match.

    Conor McNamara and Tulsen Tollett will be your commentary team.

  17. Can Japan surprise again?

    Japan v Chile (12.00 BST)

    In 2015, Japan caused arguably the greatest upset in Rugby World Cup history by beating South Africa in Brighton.

    In 2019, they made a mockery of all fears that they would struggle as hosts by beating Ireland and Scotland on their way to topping their pool and reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.

    In 2023, expectations are much lower after an below-par build-up to this competition, including losses against Samoa and Fiji and an unconvincing win over Tonga in July.

    That is Japan’s only win in their past 10 internationals, and they have fallen to 14th in the world rankings.

    But the Brave Blossoms are clear favourites today, and they will look to pick up five points and momentum from this game to carry into games against England, Argentina and Samoa in Pool D – where they will likely need at least two wins from three in order to repeat their heroics from four years ago.

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  18. Chile? At a Rugby World Cup?

    Japan v Chile (12:00 BST)

    Those of you who follow rugby more casually and are dipping in for the World Cup may be shocked to see Chile – hardly a major name in the global sport – competing at this tournament.

    Chile have reached the Rugby World Cup for the first time in their history. They earned their spot when they beat the United States 52-51 in a two-legged qualification play-off in July 2022.

    With the game finely poised, Chile wing Santiago Videla struck a 75th-minute penalty to make history for the South American nation.

    Japan head coach Jamie Joseph said this game against the Brave Blossoms is “Chile’s World Cup final”. It is certainly a historic moment for the country, and a proud moment for the players.

    Chile fans

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  19. Listen to Rugby Union Daily

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    You can hear more analysis of England’s opening win, as well as analysis of the other games on Saturday including Ireland’s crushing victory over Romania, in the latest episode of the Rugby Union Daily podcast on BBC Sounds.

    Now, let’s turn our attention to Japan and Chile…

  20. Lawes captain over Farrell?

    Saturday result: England 27-10 Argentina

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes sit next to each other in a team photo

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    Matt Dawson has called for Courtney Lawes to remain as captain over Owen Farrell once he returns for his suspension: “I think the move for Steve Borthwick right now is Courtney Lawes as captain for the rest of the tournament.

    “I think that is the call because Owen Farrell does not get into that team, Farrell is not any better than those players on the pitch.

    “So why would you put yourself under the pressure to say I have to play him?

    “There will be a point where Borthwick has to make that choice.”

    Listen to the Rugby Union Daily podcast here.