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Eddie Jones has plan to spring surprise on South Africa

Japan head coach Eddie Jones knows his side will assume the role of David when they take on one of rugby's true Goliaths in South Africa on Saturday.

Springboks head coach Heyneke Meyer has named a starting XV boasting 880 caps.

On the other hand, three members of Jones' group were not even born the last time Japan managed a World Cup win, a 52-8 thrashing of Zimbabwe back in October 1991.

However, former Australia head coach Jones insists there is a first time for everything.

He said: "It's the first game of the World Cup, something we worked hard for the last four years. It's David vs Goliath. South Africa have the greatest winning record in World Cup history, but they have had a tough time as of late.

"For the first time in their history they lost to Argentina.

"Who would have thought that South Africa would lose to Argentina?"

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