‘Ouch, but Japan’s win was great for Rugby World Cup’

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‘Ouch, but Japan’s win was great for Rugby World Cup’

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt admits his side’s shocking defeat was a fantastic boost for the tournament

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Joe Schmidt admitted Japan’s stunning Rugby World Cup win over Ireland was “fantastic for the tournament” – even though he wishes his side had not been on the receiving end of the “Shock in Shizuoka”.

Four years on from their “Miracle of Brighton” victory over SA at the 2015 World Cup in England, Japan again upset the form book with a 19-12 defeat of Ireland in Shizuoka last Saturday.

“If it wasn’t us that lost the game, I’d say: ‘Wow, that’s fantastic for the tournament’,” Ireland coach Schmidt told reporters on Tuesday...

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