TOKYO – Hosts Japan will rely on organised chaos at the Rugby World Cup as they bid to overcome formidable odds and progress to the knockout stage for the first time.
The "Brave Blossoms" have been at every World Cup since the first one in 1987 but there was precious little to savour in their first seven tournament appearances, a victory over Zimbabwe in 1991 their only win in more than two decades.
Their next win would not arrive until 2015 but it was worth the wait, a 34-32 victory over twice champions South Africa shaking the rugby world to its core.
They followed that up with wins over Samoa and the United States but became the first team in tournament history unable to progress to the top eight despite three pool stage wins.
Japan would dearly love to go a step further on home soil and while they have shed their minnows tag Jamie Joseph's side have their work cut out in Pool A.