Japan competed well with the Lions in a 28-10 defeat at Murrayfield last week. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Once upon a time it was France. Often times it’s been the All Blacks. Very often it’s been Fiji. For a while it was Argentina. But, since the last Wor(...)

Clermont winger  Kotaro Matsushima starts for Japan against the Lions on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Michael Leitch leads a Japan team that relies heavily on their 2019 World Cup stars for Saturday’s historic first match against the British and Irish (...)