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Japan's never-say-die spirit needs nurturing after Rugby World Cup

So long then, and thank you, Japan.

Bruises fade, bones heal, tears dry, and even the pain of this will give way, in time, to resounding pride at everything this team have achieved in these last few weeks, and the four consecutive victories that came before their last Rugby World Cup defeat on Sunday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2019, with the headline 'Japan's never-say-die spirit needs nurturing after Cup'. Print Edition | Subscribe