Rugby World Cup Pool A table: Scotland hammer Russia to set up huge finale against Japan.

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JAPAN are into the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time after immense drama in Pool A.

The hosts battled to a terrific victory over Scotland to top the group - and will be joined in the knockout stages by Ireland, who they memorably beat earlier in the campaign.

 Japan secured a famous 19-12 win over Ireland

Japan secured a famous 19-12 win over IrelandCredit: Reuters

But Joe Schmidt's team will have to wait to find out if they will qualify as group winners, as Japan prepare to face Scotland.

Rugby World Cup Pool A fixtures and results

Japanese time in brackets.

Friday, September 20: Japan 30-10 Russia

Sunday, September 22: Ireland 27-3 Scotland

Tuesday, September 24: Russia 9-34 Samoa

Saturday, September 28: Japan 19-12 Ireland

Monday, September 30: Scotland 34-0 Samoa

Thursday, October 3: Ireland 35-0 Russia

Saturday, October 5: Japan 38-19 Samoa

Wednesday, October 9: Scotland 61-0 Russia

Saturday, October 12: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

Sunday, October 13: Japan 28-21 Scotland

Rugby World Cup Pool A table

Rugby World Cup Pool A squads

Ireland

Forwards: C Healy, D Kilcoyne, R Best (capt), N Scannell, S Cronin, T Furlong, A Porter, John Ryan, James Ryan, I Henderson, J Kleyn, T Beirne, CJ Stander, P O'Mahony, J van der Flier, J Conan, R Ruddock.

Backs: R Kearney, J Larmour, K Earls, J Stockdale, A Conway, R Henshaw, C Farrell, B Aki, G Ringrose, J Sexton, J Carbery, J Carty, C Murray, L McGrath.

Scotland

Forwards: John Barclay, Simon Berghan, Fraser Brown, Scott Cummings, Allan Dell, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Gordon Reid, Jamie Ritchie, Blade Thomson, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Magnus Bradbury*, Ryan Wilson.

Backs: Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Adam Hastings, Stuart Hogg, George Horne, Pete Horne, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland, Henry Pyrgos**, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor.

*Replaces Hamish Watson

**Replaces Ali Price

Japan

Forwards: Keita Inagaki, Yusuke Kizu, Koo Ji-won, Isileli Nakajima, Asaeli Ai Valu, Takuya Kitade, Atsushi Sakata, Shota Horie, Luke Thompson, Wimpie van der Walt, Uwe Helu, James Moore, Hendrik Tui, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Michael Leitch, Pieter Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno, Amanaki Mafi

Backs: Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Yutaka Nagare, Yu Tamura, Rikiya Matsuda, Kenki Fukuoka, Ataata Moeakiola, Lomano Lemeki, William Tupou, Ryoto Nakamura, Timothy Lafaele, Kotaro Matsushima, Ryohei Yamanaka

Russia

Forwards: Sergey Chernyshev, Evgeny Matveev, Stanislav Sel'skiy, Azamat Bitiev, Kirill Gotovtsev, Valery Morozov, Vladimir Podrezov, Andrey Polivalov, Evgeny Elgin, Bogdan Fedotko, Andrey Garbuzov, Andrei Ostrikov, Tagir Gadzhiev, Victor Gresev, Roman Khodin, Anton Sychev, Nikita Vavilin, Vitaly Zhivatov

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Backs: Vasily Dorofeev, Dmitry Perov, Ramil Gaisin, Yuri Kushnarev, Sergey Yanyushkin, Igor Galinovskiy, Dmitry Gerasimov, Kirill Golosnitsky, Vladimir Ostroushko, German Davydov, Denis Simplikevich, Vladislav Sozonov, Vasily Artemyev

Samoa

Forwards: Afaesetiti Amosa, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam, Piula Fa’asalele, Josh Tyrell, Chris Vui, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Leaupepe, Senio Toleafoa, Michael Alaalatoa, Paul Alo-Emile, James Lay, Jordan Lay, Logovi’i Mulipola, Motu Matu’u, Ray Niuia, Seilala Lam.

Backs: Ed Fidow, Tim Nanai-Williams, Ahsee Tuala, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Henry Taefu, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, AJ Atatimu, Tusi Pisi, Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polotaivao, Melani Matavao, Scott Malolua.

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