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For Rich Freeman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jones insists World Cup places still up for grabs

Jul 9, 2015

Jones insists World Cup places still up for grabs

The Brave Blossoms fly to North America on Sunday for the Pacific Nations Cup, knowing there are still Rugby World Cup places on the line. With just over 70 days to go before Japan takes on South Africa in Brighton, England, head coach Eddie ...

Jul 8, 2015

Free agent Hopgood determined to make World Cup squad

Japan has for many years been criticized for the number of non-Japan-born players playing for its national rugby team. “Rugby mercenaries” is a term that has been used both within and from outside Japan, even though the Brave Blossoms are no different from England, ...

Jun 20, 2005

Ireland too strong for Brave Blossoms

Japan ended its 2005 international rugby campaign on a losing note as it went down 47-18 to Ireland at Tokyo’s Chichibunomiya on Sunday. However, with the rest of the second-tier nations falling like ten-pins to the established rugby countries over the past two weeks, ...

| Jun 12, 2005

Johnson gives his backing to Japan's bid

The Japan Rugby Football Union’s bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011 received the backing and support of rugby legend Martin Johnson on Friday. Speaking at the Martin Johnson Testimonial Dinner backed by deVere and Partners in Tokyo, the former England and British and ...

Canada downs Japan to take Toshiba Super Cup

May 30, 2005

Canada downs Japan to take Toshiba Super Cup

Canada won the Toshiba Super Cup at Tokyo’s Chichibunomiya on Sunday, beating Japan 15-10 in the final. Japan forward Takuro Miuchi is tackled by a Canadian player during the first half of their Super Cup match Sunday at Chichibunomiya Rugby Field. Canada won 15-10. ...

| May 21, 2005

Johnson gets ready for night out in Tokyo

Rugby fans, collectors of sports memorabilia, lovers of sporting trivia and those that enjoy the dry sarcastic humor made famous by British comedians over the years are in for a treat on June 10 at Tokyo’s Westin Hotel. For that is the day the ...