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 ...

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 ...

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,” ...

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 ...

Gambler Halilhodzic hoping chips keep falling his way

| May 31, 2017

Gambler Halilhodzic hoping chips keep falling his way

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic’s willingness to take risks has worked out well in recent months, and Japan will be hoping that his instincts continue to pay off in its upcoming World Cup qualifier against Iraq. Japan takes on Syria in Tokyo next Wednesday ...

Wheelchair rugby ready to crash Tokyo 2020 party

May 28, 2017

Wheelchair rugby ready to crash Tokyo 2020 party

Japan’s No. 7 catches the ball but before he has time to react, a hulking, tattooed Australian is bearing down on him. The collision sends a jarring squeal of metal against metal around the arena, and the crowd winces in unison before peering back ...

Cheetahs blow out Sunwolves

/ May 27, 2017

Cheetahs blow out Sunwolves

The Sunwolves failed to pick up their second win of the Super Rugby season on Saturday after a 47-7 defeat to South Africa’s Cheetahs. The Sunwolves returned to Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground for their first match in Tokyo since beating the Bulls 21-20 ...