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Ireland wary of Japan's scrummaging threat ahead of Pool A tussle

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Published on September 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:04s

Ireland wary of Japan's scrummaging threat ahead of Pool A tussle

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek says Saturday's opponents Japan are developing a scrummaging culture as his side aim to quell the forward threat from the Rugby World Cup hosts.

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Ireland wary of Japan's scrummaging threat ahead of Pool A tussle

SHOWS: FUKUROI CITY, JAPAN (SEPTEMBER 27, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) IRELAND SCRUM COACH, GREG FEEK, SAYING: "My knowledge on Japanese scrummaging goes back probably 12 years, maybe longer, 15 years ago.

There is a real culture around the scrum, a lot of the companies (top Japanese club teams) will travel two hours to have live scrum sessions against each other and there seems to be a real passion, a knowledge and thirst to get better in it.

I think it suits the Japanese as well, in terms of how they want to play a game." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) IRELAND SCRUM COACH, GREG FEEK, SAYING: "We pride ourselves as a team and it's probably something that Joe (Schmidt) has driven as one of our mantras right from the start with Ireland is to be the most disciplined team in world rugby.

To be fair, the players… after working with them for so long, I think how they go about their business in terms of discipline is world class.

Some of their discipline, I would say in the last 20 years, you wouldn't see a team that works so hard on their discipline." STORY: Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek said the Pool A favourites are under no illusions that they face a tough challenge up front on Saturday (September 28), something he has seen first hand while double jobbing in Japan over the past 18 months.

The former New Zealand prop joined Japanese Top League club NEC Green Rockets last year and has combined his assistant role in Chiba with his duties in the Irish set up that he will give up after five years at the end of the World Cup.

Feek, who has spent almost a decade in Ireland having first worked with his boss Joe Schmidt at Leinster, said the dynamic Japanese front row's strong upper bodies and ability to scrum low and compact has become a real strength.

Both sides got off to winning starts in their respective Pool A campaigns with Ireland impressive in their 27-3 victory over Scotland, while Jamie Joseph's Brave Blossoms saw off minnows Russia in the tournament opener.

Ireland beat Japan 50-22 and 35-13 two years ago but are expected to face a much stiffer challenge this time around.

(Production: Jack Tarrant and Elliot Richardson)

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