Andrew McKirdy

Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.

For Andrew McKirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Moriyasu can leave Sanfrecce with head held high

| Jul 5, 2017

Moriyasu can leave Sanfrecce with head held high

It was probably in the best interests of everyone at Sanfrecce Hiroshima that Hajime Moriyasu stood down as manager on Tuesday, but that should not obscure the debt of gratitude that the three-time J. League champions owe him.Moriyasu, who led Sanfrecce to three titles ...

Ireland routs Japan for sweep

/ Jun 24, 2017

Ireland routs Japan for sweep

Ireland beat Japan 35-13 on Saturday to sweep their two-game series despite a rousing second-half performance by the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts.Ireland thrashed Japan 50-22 in the opening game in Shizuoka the previous weekend and the visitors wasted little time in establishing their ...

Ireland looking to break World Cup hoodoo

/ Jun 21, 2017

Ireland looking to break World Cup hoodoo

The Ireland rugby team believes it deserves to be considered among the favorites to lift the 2019 World Cup in Japan and has little time for suggestions that the six-time quarterfinalist is jinxed in the competition.“We’re ranked third in the world and we were ...

Fans travel far, wide to show support for Ireland rugby squad

/ Jun 17, 2017

Fans travel far, wide to show support for Ireland rugby squad

Ireland rugby fans attending their country’s test match against Japan in Shizuoka on Saturday were confident that supporters around the Asia-Pacific region will help make the 2019 World Cup an international festival.“I’d say every Irish person that lives within flying distance will come,” said ...

Ireland hammers Japan in test

/ Jun 17, 2017

Ireland hammers Japan in test

Ireland handed Japan a harsh lesson with a 50-22 victory in the first of two test matches between the 2019 Rugby World Cup group rivals on Saturday.Japan went into the game at Ecopa Stadium looking to beat Ireland for the first time in eight ...