Fortunately, head coach Jamie Joseph probably could not have picked a better match-up to begin their campaign as they prepare to face Russian Federation, ranked 20th in the world and making only their second World Cup finals appearance, at Tokyo Stadium.
"It doesn't matter who's your ref, as a coach or a team you can always find things after the game that they didn't do", he said.
"It's a big game, we just need to let the ref get on with it and prepare for it himself".
Four year ago to the day, Japan produced one of the greatest shocks in sports history as they set the 2015 Rugby World Cup alight with a win over two-time champions South Africa. "At the first game of the World Cup, his calm, controlling influence will be important", Brown said.
Japan, ranked 10th in the world, squeaked a narrow 32-27 victory when the teams met last November.
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However, any concerns that nerves may have got to them were soon put aside, with organizers pointing out teams can start and finish the session at any stage during the two hours allotted to them.
Claassen's views on teams being selected on merit have certainly not mellowed, and he continued: "Cricket are not selecting their best side and their depth is not very good, so I don't think the same turnaround is going to happen in cricket. They are all professional people who have a job to do". "Rugby also has much bigger TV rights and they can groom players for higher honours", Claassen said.
"We saw that in the Bledisloe Cup".
Williams, who was a star of the victorious Springbok team that won the 1995 World Cup on home soil, passed away of a suspected heart attack earlier this month.
Assistant coach Tony Brown, meanwhile, said the team was totally relaxed and ready to go.
He has been part of Gatland's highly-successful coaching team since 2008, and is now back in Wales. "It took us a bit of time for it to sink in".
"For Monday night (against Georgia) a lot of the framework has been done already and we will stick to what we have planned for that, and I am sure the longer he is in camp and the more comfortable he gets with everyone he will bring his own ideas".
"The players played here previous year against the All Blacks, so there are no problems about being too nervous playing Russian Federation". "It is good to embrace that chaos and carnage and know that it is not always going to be flawless and it is how you react and overcome that".
Russian Federation may still be startled to find itself at the center of the spectacle of the World Cup's opening match.
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