Japan took past lessons to heart in win over Cambodia

Sep 4, 2015

Japan took past lessons to heart in win over Cambodia

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes Japan owes Singapore a debt of gratitude for providing the wake-up call that fueled Thursday’s World Cup qualifying win over Cambodia. Japan beat Cambodia 3-0 at Saitama Stadium to pick up its first victory on the road to ...

Japan overcomes slow start to put away Cambodia

Sep 3, 2015

Japan overcomes slow start to put away Cambodia

Japan got its 2018 World Cup qualification campaign up and running with a 3-0 win over Cambodia on Thursday night. The Samurai Blue had stumbled out of the blocks in their opening game on the road to Russia, drawing 0-0 at home to Singapore ...

Japan looking to draw strength from off-field rugby turmoil

Aug 30, 2015

Japan looking to draw strength from off-field rugby turmoil

Japan captain Michael Leitch fears that Japanese rugby is in danger of squandering the momentum it has built up in recent years following a harrowing week for the sport. But Leitch also believes that the Brave Blossoms can turn negative headlines surrounding the future ...

Jones confident Japan can improve before Rugby World Cup

Aug 16, 2015

Jones confident Japan can improve before Rugby World Cup

Japan coach Eddie Jones believes his side is capable of making the step from Rugby World Cup pretenders to genuine dark horses, but warns time is running out to improve before the tournament kicks off next month in England. The Brave Blossoms lost 45-20 ...

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

Aug 8, 2015

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has branded Japan’s East Asian Cup squad a bunch of nobodies and is not surprised by the team’s dismal showing at the tournament in China. Japan takes on the host nation in its final game on Sunday with the ...