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Rugby World Cup

Japan rises to rugby's world No.8 -- The match in pictures

Win over No.2 Ireland puts Brave Blossoms in highest ranking to date

Japan's national team celebrates after the final whistle. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

SHIZUOKA -- The Japanese rugby team rose to world number eight in rankings after beating Ireland, one of the favorites to win the tournament, on Saturday. It is the highest ranking to date for the Brave Blossoms.

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