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Published 19/09/2015

Japan's Karne Hesketh (right) celebrates scoring the winning try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton.
Japan's Karne Hesketh (right) celebrates scoring the winning try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton.

Japan's victory over South Africa in Brighton provided the 2015 World Cup with its first shock of the tournament.

Here, Press Association Sport's rugby union correspondent Andrew Baldock lists some other facts about the world's 13th-ranked team.

::Before today, Japan had lost 21 of their 24 games at a World Cup, drawing two and winning one.

::Japan were the first country to concede more than 100 points in a game at Rugby World Cup when they lost 145-17 against New Zealand during the 1995 tournament in South Africa.

::Until they toppled the Springboks, Japan's only previous World Cup victory was against Zimbabwe in 1991.

::Japan's two draws in the tournament were both against Canada, in 2007 and 2011.

::Japan have never progressed beyond the pool stage of the competition.

::Japan have been whitewashed in the group stages of a World Cup on four occasions - 1987, 1995, 1999 and 2003.

::South Africa have now been added to Japan's list of famous victims, joining Wales, Italy, Samoa and Argentina.

::Japan's forwards coach is former England captain Steve Borthwick.

::Bookmakers William Hill cut Japan's odds to win the World Cup from 1,000-1 to 300-1 after the 34-32 success.

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