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France scrape home against Japan

Max Spring of France in action during the rugby international test match between Japan and France at the National Stadium on July 09, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

France have had to rally again in the second half to beat Japan for a second successive week as they edged the home team 20-15 in the second Test in Tokyo.


Baptiste Couilloud’s try 10 minutes from time turned an error-strewn Test back in France’s favour after Japan fullback Ryohei Yamanaka had scored two first-half tries at the National Olympic Stadium for a 15-7 halftime lead.

Matthis Lebel scored France’s other try with a penalty and conversion each from Maxime Lucu and Matthieu Jalibert.

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Ian Foster fronts the media after the loss to Ireland in the second test | All Blacks press conference

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Ian Foster fronts the media after the loss to Ireland in the second test | All Blacks press conference

Seung-sin Lee kicked a penalty and conversion for Japan.

France, without many of the key players who helped them to Six Nations success earlier in the year, had won last weekend’s first Test at Aichi 42-23.

Japan: 15-Ryohei Yamanaka, 14-Gerhard Van Den Heever, 13-Dylan Riley, 12-Shogo Nakano, 11-Siosaia Fifita, 10-Seungsin Lee, 9-Naoto Saito, 8-Jack Cornelsen, 7-Ben Gunter, 6-Michael Leitch, 5-Sanaila Waqa, 4-Warner Dearns, 3-Asaeli Ai Valu, 2-Atsushi Sakate, 1-Keita Inagaki. Replacements: 16-Shota Horie, 17-Yukio Morikawa, 18-Yusuke Kizu, 19-Takayasu Tsuji, 20-Tevita Tatafu, 21-Kaito Shigeno, 22-Yu Tamura, 23-Shane Gates.

France: 15-Max Spring, 14-Damian Penaud, 13-Virimi Vakatawa, 12-Yoram Moefana, 11-Matthis Lebel, 10-Matthieu Jalibert, 9-Maxime Lucu, 8-Yoan Tanga, 7-Charles Ollivon, 6-Dylan Cretin, 5-Thomas Jolmes, 4-Thibaud Flament, 3-Demba Bamba, 2- Peato Mauvaka, 1-Jean-Baptiste Gros. Replacement s: 16-Pierre Bourgarit, 17-Dany Priso, 18-Sipili Falatea, 19-Thomas Lavault, 20-Ibrahim Diallo, 21-Sekou Macalou, 22-Baptiste Couilloud, 23-Antoine Hastoy


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