Eddie Jones names Japan squad he believes 'can beat Wales'

Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones

Japan coach Eddie Jones has named a 35-man squad for the two Test series against Wales in June.

Former Australia coach Jones has added Super 14 players Shoa Horie (Rebels), Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders) and Michael Leitch (Chiefs) to his Asian Five Nations-winning squad.

Japan recently won their sixth consecutive title, scoring 316 points and conceding just eight.

"We have now picked a squad that we believe can beat Wales," said Jones.

Japan play Wales in two Tests in Osaka on 8 June and Tokyo on 15 June following warm-up matches against Tonga on 25 May and Fiji on 1 June.

JAPAN SQUAD

Forwards: Yusuke Nagae (Ricoh BlackRams), Masataka Mikami (Toshiba Brave Lupus), Takuma Asahara (Toshiba Brave Lupus), Shota Horie (Panasonic Wild Knights),Takeshi Kizu (Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers), Yusuke Aoki (Suntory Sungoliath), Hiroki Yuhara (Toshiba Brave Lupus), Hiroshi Yamashita (Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers), Kensuke Hatakeyama (Suntory Sungoliath) Shoji Ito (Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers), Hitoshi Ono (Toshiba Brave Lupus), Shinya Makabe (Suntory Sungoliath), Justin Ives (Canon Eagles), Ryuta Yasui (Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers), Michael Broadhurst (Ricoh BlackRams), Michael Leitch (Toshiba Brave Lupus), Hendrik Tui (Suntory Sungoliath), Takashi Kikutani (Toyota Verblitz), Ryu Koliniasi Holani (Panasonic Wild Knights).

Backs: Atsushi Hiwasa (Suntory Sungoliath), Fumiaki Tanaka (Panasonic Wild Knights), Keisuke Uchida (Univ.of Tsukuba), Kosei Ono (Suntory Sungoliath), Yu Tamura (NEC Green Rockets), Harumichi Tatekawa (Kubota Spears), Craig Wing (Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers), Ryoto Nakamura (Teikyo Univ.), Male Sau (Yamaha Jubilo), Seiichi Shimomura (Panasonic Wild Knights), Yoshikazu Fujita (Waseda Univ.), Toshiaki HIROSE (Toshiba Brave Lupus), Yuta Imamura (Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers), Hirotoki Onozawa (Suntory Sungoliath), Kenki Fukuoka (Univ.of Tsukuba), Ayumu Goromaru (Yamaha Jubilo)

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