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Rugby World Cup: Japan coach Eddie Jones keen to push on against Scotland

By Andy Sims

Japan may be the sensation of the World Cup but coach Eddie Jones has warned Scotland his side have not peaked yet.

The Brave Blossoms caused what is being described as the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history when they beat two-time winners South Africa in Brighton on Saturday.

They now turn their attentions to tomorrow's meeting with the Scots at Kingsholm and Jones is confident they can take another high-profile scalp.

"Next it's the most important game in the World Cup, against Scotland," he said.

"We haven't just come here to make one splash in the pond, we are here to play a World Cup and we want to make the quarter-finals.

"If the players aren't excited after Saturday that would be a problem, they are excited. It's a quick turnaround but we are used to that."

Jones has made six changes to the side which stunned the Springboks, with Amanaki Lelei Mafi replacing injured No.8 Hendrick Tui.

Japan's success has caused a stir around the rugby-loving world and also in their homeland, where the usual national sports have been knocked off the back pages.

"Apparently rugby's on the news now, which is unusual," smiled Jones. "It's usually sumo and baseball but the big guys have had to move out of the way.

"It's fantastic for the sport. We want it to be a global sport, and an Asian country beating a top tier country makes it global."

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