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By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks held firm on Wednesday as a sharp rebound in oil prices supported battered resource shares and emerging economy currencies, while Japanese markets were tentative ahead of a crucial Bank of Japan policy meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent, led by a 0.4 percent rise in South Korea. Japan's Nikkei was almost flat ahead of the Bank of Japan policy announcement later in the day.
Romania coach Lynn Howells ordered his team to "pull your socks up" at half-time and the East Europeans pulled off the biggest comeback in World Cup history against Canada on Tuesday. Romania captain Mihai Macovei got two tries in the final 28 minutes as his side fought back from 15-0 down to beat their stunned Canadian opponents 17-15. Howells team could just sneak third place in Pool D and an automatic qualifying place for the 2019 World Cup if they beat Italy on Sunday.