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:

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 in ...

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 through ...

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 at ...

Sunwolves stay positive despite steep learning curve

/ May 17, 2017

Sunwolves stay positive despite steep learning curve

The Sunwolves may have won only one game out of 10 so far this season, but Japan’s Super Rugby team is confident that its efforts will pay off somewhere down the line.“For us it’s about focusing on the process rather than just results,” second-row ...