Joseph digs in for long haul after taking Japan reins

Sep 5, 2016

Joseph digs in for long haul after taking Japan reins

New Japan national rugby team head coach Jamie Joseph has warned fans to expect pain before pleasure as he builds toward the 2019 World Cup on home soil. “I guess there are not many coaches who would come into an international coaching job and ...

Honda slams referee after 'ghost goal' haunts Japan's loss to UAE

Sep 2, 2016

Honda slams referee after 'ghost goal' haunts Japan's loss to UAE

Japan forward Keisuke Honda once again issued a damning verdict on the standard of Asia’s referees after the Samurai Blue were denied a seemingly legitimate goal in Thursday’s 2-1 World Cup-qualifying loss to the United Arab Emirates. Honda, who accused Qatari referee Abdulrahman Hussain ...

UAE capitalizes on Japan's miscues to secure victory

Sep 1, 2016

UAE capitalizes on Japan's miscues to secure victory

Japan’s bid to reach a sixth straight World Cup suffered a damaging early blow with a 2-1 defeat to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday night. Japan, playing its first game of the final round of Asian qualifiers for Russia 2018, took an 11th-minute ...