Octopuses predict Japan will fail to reach knockout stage at Rugby World Cup
Japan Times -- Sep 15
Two octopuses predicted Friday that Japan will not advance to the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup, which opens next week.

Octopuses selected the outcomes of the the Brave Blossoms’ pool matches by moving in a plastic children’s pool divided into sections representing Japan, its opponents and a draw.

Under head coach Jamie Joseph, Japan aims to reach the knockout stage for the first time. At the last tournament in 2015, the Brave Blossoms failed to advance despite winning three of their four pool games.

According to the two molluscs’ predictions, Japan will open its World Cup campaign with a loss to Russia on Sept. 20. The Brave Blossoms will stage an upset against world No. 1 Ireland eight days later, before suffering defeats to Samoa and Scotland.

Rabiot, a fortune-telling octopus from the town, became famous for predicting correctly the outcome of all three of Japan’s matches at last year’s soccer World Cup.

Since that octopus has since been boiled and sold, Friday’s prediction event took place using two octopuses caught by local fisherman Kimio Abe on Thursday and given the same name as the previous psychic cephalopod.

News source: Japan Times
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