Ja­pan get­ting bet­ter: Moore

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James Moore be­lieves Ja­pan’s un­beaten per­for­mance at the Pa­cific Na­tions Cup puts them on track for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Septem­ber.

The Sun­wolves lock for­ward said they could not have asked for a bet­ter per­for­mance af­ter beat­ing the Fiji Air­ways Fly­ing Fi­jians and Tonga and will play USA in the PNC de­cider on Satur­day.

“We are just tak­ing it one step at a time but we are ob­vi­ously happy with the last two per­for­mances,” Moore said.

“But we have just got to keep get­ting bet­ter and start build­ing more to­wards that goal which is try­ing to make it out of the pool stages at the RWC. We are just go­ing to keep go­ing week by week but we are re­ally happy over­all.”

The 29 year-old said it was re­ally spe­cial mo­ment for him play­ing for Ja­pan.

“It was pretty emo­tional singing

the na­tional an­them and honored to be play­ing for Ja­pan.”

Born in Aus­tralia, Moore is adamant of a good re­sult against the USA Ea­gles.

“We are pretty happy we have worked re­ally hard on our li­ne­out and defence.

“We were pretty good with that against Fiji but we had a tough time with the break­down against Tonga and for me that is a work on as well.

“USA is get­ting bet­ter as a side, I think, they’re pretty big and phys­i­cal and they are go­ing to be a good op­po­nent so we have to go pre­pare well.

“The size of their pack is very big so we just got to scrum like we al­ways do, fo­cus on the tech­ni­cal as­pects.”

Mean­while, over 15 me­dia per­son­nel from Ja­pan should be cov­er­ing the game which kicks off at 4.30pm at the ANZ Sta­dium , Suva on Satur­day.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Ja­pan lock for­ward James Moore(in black vest) be­ing in­ter­viewed by the Ja­panese me­dia at Novo­tel Ho­tel, Nadi on Au­gust 7,2019.

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