The Sunwolves' Michael Leitch will captain Japan against the All Blacks. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

TOKYO – Japan coach Jamie Joseph has replaced injured back Lomano Lemeki with Ryohei Yamanaka in an otherwise unchanged side to face New Zealand in Tokyo on Saturday.

Michael Leitch captains the team and is one of four New Zealand-born players in the Japanese starting 15. 

Lemeki drops out after playing against a World XV in Osaka on Oct 26.

Yamanaka comes in at fullback.

Meanwhile, Joseph's counterpart at the All Blacks Steve Hansen named a largely second-string side with Luke Whitelock coming in to captain the New Zealanders for this weekend's test.

ichael Leitch will captain Japan against New Zealand this weekend. Photo: @JRFURugby on twitter
Michael Leitch will captain Japan against New Zealand this weekend. Photo: @JRFURugby on twitter

The Japan team is:

15. Ryohei Yamanaka, 14. Jamie Henry, 13. Will Tupou, 12. Tim Lafaele, 11. Kenki Fukuoka, 10. Yu Tamura, 9. Yutaka Nagare, 8. Hendrik Tui, 7. Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6. Michael Leitch (captain), 5. Samuela Anise, 4. Wimpie van der Walt, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 2. Yusuke Niwai, 1. Keita Inagaki.

Replacements: 

16. Yusuki Niwai, 17. Masataka Mikami, 18. Asaeli Valu, 19. Uwe Helu, 20. Vaka Nakajima, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Rikiya Matsuda 23. Ryoto Nakamura.