Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideAt the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Japan pulled off the greatest upset in history, defeating South Africa 34-32 in Brighton. They couldn’t do it again in the quarter-finals this time but they certainly captured a lot of hearts and minds.How They QualifiedAs hosts of the 2019 tournament, Japan qualified automatically.Key PlayersTalismanic skipper Michael Leitch has been through the trenches for Japan. Fumiaki Tanaka brings bags of experience at nine and Kazuki Himeno is an exciting talent in the back five of the scrum.Sunwolf: Michael Leitch is Japan’s talisman (Getty Images)The Coach – Jamie JosephThe former All Blacks flanker also played for Japan (it was a different time). He led the Highlanders to their first-ever Super Rugby title in 2014.Leading the way: Jamie Joseph is the head coach for the Japanese (Getty Images)Major Work-onsJapan played a solid game against Russia but they need to ensure they don’t physically wilt against tougher opposition throughout the rest of the pool stage.Japan Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 27 July 2019: Japan 34-21 FijiSaturday 3 August 2019: Japan 41-7 TongaSaturday 10 August 2019: USA 20-34 JapanFriday 6 September 2019: Japan 7-41 South AfricaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-upsJapan Rugby World Cup GroupJapan are in Group A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Russia and Samoa.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Group Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Tour: Scotland played Japan twice in 2016 and won both contests (Getty Images)Japan Rugby World Cup SquadJapan have named their 31-man Rugby World Cup squad for the tournament;Forwards (18)Keita InagakiYusuke KizuKoo Ji-wonIsileli NakajimaAsaeli Ai ValuTakuya KitadeAtsushi SakataShota HorieLuke ThompsonWimpie van der WaltUwe HeluJames MooreHendrik TuiYoshitaka TokunagaMichael Leitch (captain)Lappies LabuschagneKazuki HimenoAmanaki MafiBacks (13)Kaito ShigenoFumiaki TanakaYutaka NagareYu TamuraRikiya MatsudaKenki FukuokaAtaata MoeakiolaLomano LemekiWilliam TupouRyoto NakamuraTimothy LafaeleKotaro MatsushimaRyohei YamanakaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordJapan’s Rugby World Cup Record: P33 W8 D2 L231987 Pool stages1991 Pool stages1995 Pool stages1999 Pool stages2003 Pool stages2007 Pool stages2011 Pool stages2015 Pool stages2019 Quarter-finalsFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Expand Hosting their first World Cup, Japan made history by reaching the last eight TAGS: Japan Collapse Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Japan Rugby World Cup Kit Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A lot was expected of Ireland, but they… Having to rely on a play-off win against… Scotland failed to reach the quarter-finals for only… Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Japan Rugby World Cup FixturesFri 20 Sep Japan 30-10 Russia (Tokyo) Match reportSat 28 Sep Japan 19-12 Ireland (Shizuoka) Match reportSat 5 Oct Japan 38-19 Samoa (Toyota) Match ReportSun 13 Oct Japan 28-21 Scotland (Yokohama) Match ReportSun 20 Oct QF4 Japan 3-26 South Africa (Tokyo) Match Report Russia’s qualification for the tournament was a shock… Expand Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.