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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.

Here are some pictures from the match.

The Brave Blossoms after defeating the Irish on Saturday, 19-12. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu)
Fans celebrate Japan's victory at the ECOPA Stadium in central Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)
South African-born Japanese player Kotaro Matsushima congratulates Kenki Fukuoka, who scored a crucial try in the second half. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)
Kenki Fukuoka scores a try against Ireland. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)
Japan trailed Ireland, 9-12, at half time. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)
Japan's captain Michael Leitch tosses a pass. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)
Japan's Amanaki Mafi, originally from Tonga, barges through defenders. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu)
The Brave Blossoms prepare for the match. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)
Japan's team ends pre-game warm ups. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)
Fans head to Ecopa Stadium ahead of the match. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

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