All Blacks legend John Kirwan, due to quit as Japan coach, ha come under fire for his use of foreign-born players.
Australia's Eddie Jones has emerged as the likely successor to departing Japan coach John Kirwan, according to reports.
Canada and Japan have drawn their Rugby World Cup Pool A clash in Napier, the first draw of the tournament.
Japan coach John Kirwan has admitted he could quit the team after seeing their bid for a first RWC win in 20 years fail.
Japan will seek to break a 20-year RWC winless streak when they take on fellow Group A minnows, Canada, in Napier.
Tonga broke Japanese hearts and extended their record World Cup win drought with an action-packed victory in Pool A.
New Zealand coach Graham Henry has said the All Blacks World Cup campaign is back on track after their ruthless demolition of Japan.
Only four players from the Japan team which put up a feisty performance against France survived sweeping changes by coach John Kirwan.
Centre Koji Taira has become the fifth Japan player to withdraw from the Rugby World Cup because of a left hamstring injury.
New Zealand have pummelled hapless Japan in a one-sided rout which brought back the horrors of World Cups past for Asia's top team.
Argentina centre Gonzalo Tiesi and Japan number eight Ryukoliniasi Holani have both been ruled out of the RWC with knee injuries.
The form of Richard Kahui and Sonny Bill Williams has given the All Blacks some selection headaches for the rest of the RWC.
As Japan prepare to take on the All Blacks, coach John Kirwan contemplates what life would be like on the other side of the tunnel.
France have survived a second half scare in their opening Rugby World Cup match against Japan at the North Harbour Stadium.
The All Blacks are a mighty force and this Rugby World Cup may well be the one where they shake the ghosts of past tournaments.
Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper is arguably the most flamboyant, talented and mercurial rugby player to represent the Australian team in recent years.
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