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:

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

Jun 26, 2016

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

Japan back-row forward Amanaki Lelei Mafi admits that the absence of injured Rugby World Cup stars including Ayumu Goromaru and Michael Leitch hurt the Brave Blossoms in their two test-match defeats to Scotland. But the Tonga-born man mountain has backed their youthful replacements to ...

Laidlaw leads Scotland to triumph over Brave Blossoms

Jun 25, 2016

Laidlaw leads Scotland to triumph over Brave Blossoms

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw came off the bench to deny Japan a famous victory as the Brave Blossoms fell to a 21-16 defeat on Saturday. With Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in attendance at Ajinomoto Stadium to watch a national team game for the ...

Antlers prevail over Reds, remain in hunt for first-stage title

Jun 11, 2016

Antlers prevail over Reds, remain in hunt for first-stage title

Kashima Antlers kept themselves firmly in contention for the J. League first-stage title after a 2-0 away win over Urawa Reds on Saturday. Mu Kanazaki and substitute Yuma Suzuki scored second-half goals at Saitama Stadium to leave Antlers one point behind leaders Kawasaki Frontale ...

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the ...