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These girls have just heard that Japan has been drawn in the same pool as Scotland for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and couldn’t wait to get themselves kitted out. The nickname for the Japanese team is ‘The Sakuras’ or ‘Cherry Blossoms’, the badge they wear on their team jerseys and, like the good supporters they are, our lovely trio is sporting their sakura tartan skirts and scarves in anticipation. If only all front rows looked this good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland won 45 – 10 on that occasion, but many commentators felt that Japan was unlucky to be playing only four days after their heroic 34-32 victory over South Africa – regarded by most pundits as the greatest upset in world rugby –  and had insufficient time to recover.

A scene from the Japan v Scotland match in the 2015 World Cup.