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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 ...

Celebrities line up to support Japan's bid to host RWC

May 19, 2005

Celebrities line up to support Japan's bid to host RWC

The Japan Rugby Football Union rolled out the celebrities on Tuesday in support for its bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The Japan Rugby Football Union’s bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup received the backing of a number of well-known ...

May 10, 2005

Japan makes RWC 2011 bid official

The Japan Rugby Football Union formally presented its bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011 to the International Rugby Board on Monday. The tender document was handed to the IRB in Dublin by Noburo Mashimo, chairman of the JRFU, and Secretary Koji Tokumasu. The ...

May 9, 2005

Japan steamrolls Hong Kong 91-3 in Rugby WC qualifier

Japan opened its qualifying campaign for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in emphatic style on Sunday with a 91-3 drubbing of Hong Kong at Tokyo’s Chichibunomiya Rugby Field. In a game in which it took only 45 seconds for Japan to score through a ...