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Summary

  1. Pool B result: USA 18-28 Japan
  2. Matsushima, Fujita, Mafi tries Jpn; Ngwenya, Wyles US
  3. Japan end with three wins but still go out
  4. Match played at Kingsholm, Gloucester

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Sayonara

    Japan

    I'm afraid it is goodbye from me, and goodbye from them. Japan waved farewell to a memorable World Cup campaign after another impressive victory, while their respected coach Eddie Jones also said sayonara to the nation.

    We will be back next week for the quarter-finals, the Brave Blossoms will return in four years on their own patch. Until next time...

  2. Jones refuses to rule out England

    Some interesting quotes emerging from the bowels of Kingsholm. Departing Japan coach Eddie Jones appears to indicate that he would be willing to hear what the RFU had to say if he was approached by them about replacing the under-pressure Stuart Lancaster...

  3. Quarter-final time

    Japan and the United States are not the only sides to wave cheerio to the Rugby World Cup for another four years though. Ten other teams - including hosts England (as if you need reminding) - are also playing no part in the business end of the tournament. Here's how the quarter-final line-up looks...

    South Africa v Wales: Saturday 17 October, 16:00, Twickenham, London

    New Zealand v France: Saturday 17 October, 20:00, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

    Ireland v Argentina: Sunday 18 October, 13:00, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

    Australia v Scotland: Sunday 18 October, 16:00, Twickenham, London

  4. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    The Japanese party shows no signs of slowing down. Strains of a Japanese-accented rendition of Neil Diamond's karaoke classic 'Sweet Caroline' can be heard in the background of the live television broadcast from Kingsholm. I hope Gloucester's premier nightclub is in the process of roping off its VIP area for 40-odd Japanese rugby players and staff turning up in a couple of hours...

    Japan celebrate
  5. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    USA skipper Chris Wyles admitted before that the game was likely to be his World Cup swansong. Although he didn't nab the victory that he craved, the 32-year-old Saracens full-back did create a bit of history for himself. Wyles's second-half try means he now stands alone as the USA’s top try scorer (four) in World Cup history.

  6. 'We need to find the formula'

    USA 18-28 Japan

    United States captain Chris Wyles, speaking to ITV: "It came down to consistency and that was the story of our World Cup so you have to give credit to Japan. 

    "They showed what you can do with four years of proper preparation. There's talk about our potential and it's about finding the right formula. It's tough for our guys, we need to get everyone on the same level.

    "Any time you play in a World Cup it is an amazing experience. Ultimately though you want to come and compete. No-one wants to come and just lose games. We showed some good glimpses of rugby but we need to find a full 80 minutes."

    Chris Wyles
  7. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    Heart-warming scenes as the entire Japan squad gather in one corner of Kingsholm to pose for the dozens of gathered cameras. Flashbulb lights go ten to the dozen as the snappers get their perfect shots. And so do the fans, who also sing in harmony with the Brave Blossoms players. Brilliant.

    Japan players thank fans at full time
  8. 'I've done my job with Japan'

    USA 18-28 Japan

    Japan coach Eddie Jones speaking to ITV: "I've done my job with Japan and that's me done. I wanted to bring back pride and I've done that.

    "If I look at that squad about 60% of them can go on until 2019. A home World Cup should be an advantage. Obviously for us it would be great for us if South Africa won the World Cup now.

    "Tonight we played as well we as we can. It's been fantastic. The guys have all played above themselves and played in a real great spirit. The USA kept coming and it was their best performance and I don't know why they saved it for us!"

  9. Stats of the day

    USA 18-28 Japan

    • Japan are the first non-Tier One team to win three matches in a single World Cup
    • Ayumu Goromaru is the first player to score 50+ points in a single World Cup for Japan
    • At the end of the pool stage only Greig Laidlaw (60) has scored more than Goromau in 2015 (58)
  10. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    Jovial Japan coach Eddie Jones is not down there yet because he has been collared by the post-match interviewer. The Stormers-bound boss says he is not tempted to continue at the Japan helm. Then he says he hopes South Africa - who his underdogs shocked at the start of the tournament - win go on to win. "That will be great for us," he says, with a glint in his eye.

  11. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    Pandemonium down on the Kingsholm pitch as the Japan players wander round the perimeter to soak up all the plaudits on a well-deserved lap of honour.

    Head coach Eddie Jones, who is now leaving his role, watches down from his spot in the stands.

    Kids, flags, selfie sticks...they're all on the turf.

    Japan players celebrate at full time
  12. Pool B

    South Africa & Scotland qualify

    If the 2015 World Cup was a popularity contest then Japan might well have won the damn thing. But, in real money, that crucial defeat by Scotland means they fell just a point shy of reaching the knockout stage.

    It doesn't matter. They have impressed the world with their exciting brand of rugby and, with plenty of excitement back home, it all bodes well for 2019 when they host the tournament.

    POOL B
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  14. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    But it is a different picture for the Americans who slump to the greasy Gloucester turf. Four matches, four defeats.

  15. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    scoreboard

    Japan's players jump into the air and embrace each other, knowing they can now be considered as their nation's greatest ever team. They have won three matches at a World Cup for the first time - and will return home as national treasures.

  16. Full-time

    USA 18-28 Japan

    The Americans desperately go through the phases but that is all that it is...desperate. And when Japan do win the turnover, the ball falls into the hands of full-back Ayumu Goromaru who smashes into touch. All over!

    Mafi celebrates scoring a try
  17. USA 18-28 Japan

    Japan try to run the ball from deep, prompting shrieks of excitement from the Gloucester crowd. But they are punished for holding on with Andrew Durutalo - the USA's standout performer - causing trouble at the breakdown. He marches forward from a quick tap, but can't find a way through the cherry and white defence.

  18. Penalty - USA 18-28 Japan

    Ayumu Goromaru

    And that's the sound of USA's hopes being extinguished by Japan. The Americans lose their discipline at the crucial time, gifting a kickable penalty to the lethal boot of Ayumu Goromaru. He snaffles the three points.

    Ayumu Goromaru scores the penalty
  19. USA 18-25 Japan

    As USA move within a converted try of hauling themselves level, they return to their full complement of players as the ginger-bearded Eric Fry - who a touch of the Alexei Lalas about him - comes backs on.

  20. Post update

    USA 18-25 Japan

    USA looked to be out of this match before that try, but here is how the possession is looking now...

    japanese possession
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    Former Scotland fly-half Craig Chalmers among those who will miss Japan in the rest of the tournament.

  22. USA 11-25 Japan

    USA, despite their numerical disadvantage, have a whiff of something here. Skipper Chris Wyles kicks forward with Zack Test tearing after it, but he is just pipped to the ball by a Japanese defender. However, they already had the advantage of a penalty...

  23. Converted try - USA 18-25 Japan

    Chris Wyles, con AJ MacGinty

    "Get in the holllle!" shouts one overly-enthusiastic USA fan. We'll let him off - it was a quality try. AJ MacGinty spins a wonderful long pass out on the overlap on the right flank, allowing Saracens full-back Chris Wyles to stroll in for an easy try.

    Luke Thompson of Japan
  24. USA 11-25 Japan

    USA attempt to tackle Japan

    These Japan and US blokes are having more big hits than One Direction at the moment. Tiny Japan scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka is cleaned out by an American opponent about a foot taller and eight stone heavier. Total mis-match.

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  26. USA 11-25 Japan

    "Oooh!" gasps the Kingsholm crowd in unison. That's because Amanaki Mafi smashes another hole in the American defence close to the halfway line.

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  28. Try - USA 11-25 Japan

    Amanaki Mafi, missed con Ayumu Goromaru

    Japan celebrate scoring their third try

    Within a matter of seconds, the USA are paid to pay. And it is simple stuff from Japan. They leap to claim a line-out close to the US line, with that brutish number eight Amanaki Mafi ploughing through a wall of navy blue shirts to touch down.

    Here's a rarity - Ayumu Goromaru misses the conversion. Long way back for the US.

  29. Sin-bin - Eric Fry (USA)

    USA 11-20 Japan

    Uh oh. Bad news for the Americans, just as they appeared to gaining a foothold in the game. Eric Fry kicks out at the ball in the tackle, his second such offence in a matter of moments. And that leaves the tiring Americans potentially vulnerable at the back...

  30. USA 11-20 Japan

    Japan wing Kotaro Matsushima returns to the field after passing his head injury assessment. And his first job is help stop an American raid down the right flank. Jet-heeled wing Takudzwa Ngwenya - the man who famously stopped renowned speedster Bryan Habana at the 2007 World Cup - sticks on the afterburners but is caught by Amanaki Mafi.

  31. Post update

    USA 11-20 Japan

    USA in the ascendancy at the moment.... 

    possession
  32. Penalty - USA 11-20 Japan

    AJ MacGinty

    Captain America - or, more accurately, a bloke dressed as Captain America - grins at the camera as AJ MacGinty claws back three more points with a routine penalty. The USA XV need to perform like super-heroes in these final 25 minutes if they are going to finish this tournament on a high.

    MacGinty takes the penalty
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  34. USA 8-20 Japan

    Better from the US side. Quick ball through the hands finds wing Zach Test lurking close to the touchline, but as he steps inside he sees a wall of cherry and white shirts blocking his route to the try-line. The Eagles go back inside, but then undo their good work with a forward pass.

    Zach Test of the USA
  35. Replacement

    USA 8-20 Japan

    Ouch! Japan wing Kotaro Matsushima is seeing stars after being clobbered in the collision. He trudges off for a head injury assessment  and is replaced by Karne Hesketh - the hero in that win against South Africa.

  36. USA 8-20 Japan

    Let's see if USA can muster a response. A precise kick into the corner tees up a line-out and lanky lock Greg Peterson climbs highest to grab the ball. The Eagles try to work the ball out left, but a forward pass is spilled by Thretton Palamo. Double trouble. Japan scrum.

  37. Penalty - USA 8-20 Japan

    Ayumu Goromaru

    Can Goromaru boot over another three points? Of course he can. The Japan full-back cleanly sticks his size nine through the ball and it goes sailing through the middle of the sticks.

    Goromaru kicks the penalty
  38. USA 8-17 Japan

    Early chance for Japan as the Americans are caught offside. Clinical kicker Ayumu Goromaru unsurprisingly opts for the posts...

  39. Kick-off

    USA 8-17 Japan

    Japan's turn to restart the action at a humming Kingsholm. Eddie Jones makes a pair of changes at the break, Kensuke Hatakeyama and Amanaki Mafi replacing Ryu Koliniasi Holani and Hiroshi Yamashita.

    A Japan fan
  40. Half-time stats

    USA 8-17 Japan

    The USA are well in this match and there is not much between these teams

    They have won four turnovers while the Japanese have won three.

    In terms of metres, there is not much between the teams with USA having run 132m with the ball, while Japan have run 138m.

    The US have had 57 carries to Japan's 61.

    World Cup

    In defence the Americans have made 56 tackles but missed 10.

    Where as the Japanese have made 55 tackles but only missed eight.

  41. Half-time

    USA 8-17 Japan

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    No such thing as a dead rubber at this Rugby World Cup. Electric atmosphere at Kingsholm and a scintillating, competitive, compelling match emerging here at half-time.

    Yoshikazu Fujita for Japan
  42. Half-time

    USA 8-17 Japan

    Japan's look pretty satisfied with themselves as they jog back into the Kingsholm dressing room for a swig of water and some final words of wisdom from Eddie Jones. The Japan head coach is leaving his role after the tournament remember.

  43. USA 8-17 Japan

    Right here's a good opportunity for the Americans to put themselves within striking distance of the Japanese at the break. But they spill the ball inside the 22 and that should be about that for the first half.

  44. USA 8-17 Japan

    The Americans kick deep into Japanese territory and pound forward as they look to defend high up the pitch. Japan try some kamikaze defending, attempting to pass their way out of trouble, only for Craig Wing to be collared behind his own sticks.

  45. Post update

    USA 8-17 Japan

    It's honours even in possession...

    possesion
  46. USA 8-17 Japan

    Japan probe for another opening, but are thwarted by USA back-rower Al McFarland, whose dogged defending alleviates the pressure.

  47. Penalty - USA 8-17 Japan

    Ayumu Goromaru

    This guy's right boot is more accurate than a top-of-the-range sat nav system. Ayumu Goromaru goes through his Jonny Wilkinson-style pre-kick rehearsal, then thumps the ball straight through the sticks from just inside the American half. Japan in control.

    Goromaru takes the penalty
  48. Penalty

    USA 8-14 Japan

    The United States are becoming a little tetchy now. Another bit of ill-discipline at the ruck, gives Ayumu Goromaru another crack at the posts...

  49. Converted try - USA 8-14 Japan

    Yoshikazu Fujita, con Ayumu Goromaru

    And that error from the restart has proved very costly. Japan surge forward as their pack drives at the American line. Eventually the pressure tells as wing Yoshikazu Fujita finds a gap to dash through. Ayumu Goromaru adds the simple conversion from just to the right of the posts and the lead swings back in the favour of Japan.

    Yoshikazu Fujita scores Japan's second try
  50. USA 8-7 Japan

    Oh dear. It all goes wrong for the Americans as they fumble the restart, inviting pressure from the Japanese...

  51. Try - USA 8-7 Japan

    Takudzwa Ngwenya, missed con AJ MacGinty

    The Americans finally decide that is time for a change of tactic - and it pays dividends. After sucking in plenty of Japanese bodies in front of their own posts, scrum-half Michael Petri goes right to Chris Wyles, whose raking pass misses out a couple of team-mates to Takudzwa Ngwenya. No mistake from the flyer, who bags his first World Cup try in eight years.

    USA celebrate scoring a try
  52. USA 3-7 Japan

    Japan's defence is being asked some serious questions as the USA set up camp inside the 22. Powerful number eight Samu Manoa continues to pummel the Japanese as the Eagles go through 17 phases down the middle. Time to go wide?

  53. USA 3-7 Japan

    But the USA cannot make Japan pay for that indiscipline, the Brave Blossoms winning the turnover. Plenty of errors from both sides in a stop-start opening quarter.

    USA vie for the ball with Japan
  54. USA 3-7 Japan

    USA win a line-out just outside the Japan 22 and, after the Japanese concede a penalty in the driving maul, AJ MacGinty gambles on a high kick to the right flank. Wing Takudzwa Ngwenya cannot climb to gather. No matter. Back we go...

  55. USA 3-7 Japan

    Japan scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka scurries out of the set-piece, looking to orchestrate another attack down the right flank. But, under a suspiciously high tackle, loses control of the ball and the USA have it back in their grasp.

  56. USA 3-7 Japan

    Japan have been enjoying more of the possession and crucially the majority of that has come in the American's half. And now they have another scrum...

    possesion
  57. USA 3-7 Japan

    Japan have plenty of numbers forward and seem in control of their attack as they contemplate their next move inside the USA 22. But they take their eye off the ball - allowing Andrew Durutalo to nip in and win the turnover.

  58. USA 3-7 Japan

    We hear our first chants of "U-S-A" as the few Americans inside Kingsholm make themselves heard. But Japan, backed by the majority of supporters here, are on the attack again...

  59. Converted try - USA 3-7 Japan

    Kotaro Matsushima, con Ayumu Goromaru

    Japan score their first try

    Japan's first foray into American territory ends in their first try. Wing Yoshikazu Fujita flies down the right flank in pursuit of a kick forward and when he cannot finish, the Brave Blossoms switch play across the line, teeing up Kotaro Matsushima in the opposite corner. Ayumu Goromaru arrows in the kick from the touchline, holding its line to sneak inside the right post.

    Goromaru converts
  60. Penalty - USA 3-0 Japan

    AJ MacGinty

    No need for AJ MacGinty to find his range. The USA fly-half, despite a potentially off-putting jeer in his run-up, slams over the three points.

    Alan MacGinty takes the penalty
  61. USA 0-0 Japan

    American second-rower Greg Peterson batters his way into the Japanese defensive line, which responds with an infringement at the breakdown. Japan did not roll away, according to ref Glen Jackson. Early chance for the USA...

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  63. USA 0-0 Japan

    But the USA let the Japanese off the hook as a pass creeps forward and ref Glen Jackson hauls back the action.

  64. Kick-off

    USA 0-0 Japan

    Rather fitting that Japan - the surprise package of World Cup pool stage - are contesting the 40th and final group match of the tournament. USA kick off proceedings and instantly win a scrum inside the Japan 22...

    A USA fan
  65. Japan team news

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Australian-born cross-code convert Craig Wing is set to become Japan’s oldest World Cup debutant as head coach Eddie Jones makes four changes.

    Wing replaces Male Sau in the centres, while prop Hiroshi Yamashita, second-rower Justin Ives and wing Yoshikazu Fujita also start.

    USA v Japan
  66. USA team news

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    United States coach Mike Tolkin makes 13 changes to the starting XV that was thrashed by South Africa on Wednesday. 

    Only number eight Samu Manoa and wing Zach Test retain their place, while full-back Chris Wyles returns to captain the side.

    USA v Japan
  67. Post update

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Kingsholm has more colour than an abstract expressionism artist's palette. Red, blue and white dominates the Gloucester crowd, with American stars and stripes slightly outnumbered by Japanese circles of the sun.

  68. Turtle power

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    By far the best fancy dress I've seen this evening from these four French gentleman. I asked them: 'why?' They replied, 'why not'.

    French Ninja Turtles
  69. Wyles targets winning 'farewell'

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    United States captain Chris Wyles says he is desperate to cap a record-equalling - and possibly final - World Cup appearance with a swansong victory.

    The 32-year-old full-back is pulling on the Eagles jersey for the 11th time at the tournament and admits the 2019  tournament is likely to be beyond him.

    "I hadn’t thought too far ahead but it probably is my final World Cup match," says the Saracens man.

    "There is probably a little bit of extra motivation, but if we can come away with a win, that will be the icing on the cake."

    Chris Wyles
  70. Japan 'not played best rugby'

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Japan coach Eddie Jones on ITV: "We have tried to put Scotland v Samoa to the side in our preparations, we were supporting Samoa but didn't worry too much. We have been focusing on this match and getting our third win.

    "We want to play our best rugby at this World Cup - we haven't played it yet. We want to put 80 minutes together tonight."

  71. All together now

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Japan started this tournament not having won a World Cup match for 21 years - now this side are on the verge of becoming the nation's greatest team by earning their third victory.

    The reason for the success? Togetherness. The bond between the blokes in this squad is tight. And we see that as skipper Michael Leitch leads his team back to the dressing room after their warm-up. All 23 men walk back as one with each player having their hand on a team-mate's shoulder.

  72. History on USA's side

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    USA v Japan
  73. Post update

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Kingsholm's media centre is lacking the sound of American accents, according to BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter...

  74. Having the time of their life

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    No doubt who are the most vocal of the two sets of fans with the Japanese supporters in fine voice outside Kingsholm.

    Japanese fans
  75. Underdog or favourite?

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    USA made sweeping changes for that match against South Africa, seemingly keeping back many of their better players for what the Eagles hierarchy have identified as a 'winnable' game against Japan.

    "I like to think we are the favourites, but Japan have won two games already including South Africa," says USA defence coach Phil Bailey

    "The punters will be saying Japan are the favourites, but every underdog has their day."

  76. Contrasting fortunes

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    That opening win against South Africa surprisingly blew Pool B wide open, with Japan still capable of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time until Scotland's nail-biting win yesterday.

    But there have been contrasting fortunes for their American rivals. USA are yet to even pick up a losing bonus point, suffering the biggest hammering of the tournament when they were nilled by South Africa on Wednesday.

    USA v Japan
  77. It's a local affair

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    These Gloucester locals have come in traditional Japanese dress and have truly nailed their colours to the mast....

    'Japanese' fans
  78. Post update

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    No matter what Japan do against the United States tonight, they know that - because of Scotland's win against Samoa yesterday - they will be heading back to Tokyo on Monday.

    But that hasn't stopped them becoming everybody's favourite second team, courtesy of that seismic win against South Africa and the steamrolling of Samoa in their last outing.

    Even the sleepy south-west English city of Gloucester is starting to resemble downtown Tokyo...

  79. So near, yet so far...

    USA v Japan (20:00 BST)

    The biggest shock in the sport's history. The best game in the history of the Rugby World Cup.

    Japan's famous victory against South Africa sent shockwaves that are still reverberating around the rugby world and continues to be celebrated as the iconic moment of the tournament so far.

    However, despite their heroics, the Brave Blossoms will drift away from the 2015 World Cup after the next 80 minutes of rugby. Those big bad Scots have blown them out of the competition.

  80. Post update

    Japan

    Little over three weeks ago, the sporting world was shaken to the core. Japan, who had not won a World Cup game since 1991, beat South Africa. Yes, two-time world champions South Africa.

    Giants of the international game - Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and Jonah Lomu among them - couldn't sign into their Twitter accounts quick enough to bash out their exclamation in 140 characters or less.

    Even acclaimed author JK Rowling reckoned Japan's win was outside the realms of reality. And she wrote Harry Potter for goodness sake....