Japan Rugby Players Meet Reporters

Japan rugby players meet reporters

Japan's national rugby team has resumed training in Tokyo ahead of its match against Samoa this Saturday in the World Cup.

The host nation is looking to make it to the knockout stages of the competition for the first time.

Last Saturday, Japan beat world No.2 Ireland, regarded as one of the favorites to win the competition.

Several members of the Japanese team met reporters on Monday.

Kenki Fukuoka scored the only and decisive try in the game against Ireland. He said he is honored to have contributed to the win, but stressed Japan must now win its next match as it looks to reach the quarterfinals.

Fukuoka said he is aware of the importance of the next game, given that Japan suffered a defeat on the back of a win against South Africa during the last World Cup four years ago.

Fly-half Yu Tamura said the win against Ireland was a major achievement, but added that it shouldn't come as a shock, considering the team's motivation to come out on top.

He said he is now entirely focused on being even better prepared than a week ago.