England are ready to face a Japanese team determined to prove that it is included at the top of the global game table as nations clash at Twickenham on Saturday.
Only this time the two rivals met in the Test match, 31 years after they collided at the 1987 World Cup when Brave Blossoms were destroyed 60-7 in Sydney.
However, the latest installment of the tournament is far more successful, because Eddie Jones, led by Japan, sent South Africa to hit the biggest disruption in rugby history in England 2015.
England assistant coach Neal Hatley believes they are entering Quilter International's intention to show that they are a growing force.
"They will be ready to play extraordinarily difficult to prove the point to World Rugby – and that is that they are ready to compete at level one," Hatley said.
"They have done some really good performances and this is the next step on their journey, so we expect a difficult match.
"We expect a lot of effort and effort from them. Eddie said this week they had been increasing massively and believed that since the World Cup they had become even better. "
Jones has used the match as a rehearsal for Japan 2019 when a four-day change between group matches against Tonga and the United States must be accommodated, before a heavy-class collision with Argentina and France begins.
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'Night Sushi' was held at Surrey training headquarters in the squad on Tuesday night as part of the theme that week, while on the pitch 11 changes were made to the team which fell to a controversial 16-15 defeat to New Zealand.
It is hoped the reserve ranks will beat Japan, allowing people like Owen Farrell, Dylan Hartley and Ben Youngs to take a back position, but Jones refuses to take the victory for granted.
"Previously the Japanese were happy to be beaten – they are Brave Blossoms – but this new generation believes they can win and that makes them a stronger team," Jones said.
"They are very well trained by Jamie and Tony Brown, they have a good balance between Japanese natives and non-native Japanese and they have the power where they must have strength."
Jones was half-Japanese and coached the team for four years until 2015, but his loyalty was clear.
"The emotional relationship is not lost but I have never, by nationality, called myself Japanese because I was raised as an Australian," he said.
"Japan is part of our family, and clearly marries a Japanese, has a dog that only speaks Japanese, it is a big part of the family.
"But this is a serious Test match and you don't allow those things to obscure your mind."