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

Familiar issues threaten to undermine Sunwolves' progress

Jun 23, 2016

Familiar issues threaten to undermine Sunwolves' progress

Back in January, Kyodo News asked a senior member of the Sunwolves’ playing staff about what would constitute a successful season. “If we can pick up one win, that would be good,” he said. That the team has — with three games remaining in ...

Mar 2, 2016

Japan's Asia Rugby Championship games to have full test status

Japan’s four games in this year’s Asia Rugby Championship will be full tests with world rankings at stake despite many of the Brave Blossoms squad being unavailable to play, Kyodo News has learned. Multiple sources at Asia Rugby — the governing body for the ...

New era dawns as Sunwolves get ready for Super Rugby debut

Feb 24, 2016

New era dawns as Sunwolves get ready for Super Rugby debut

A new era for Japanese rugby is set to kick off Saturday with the Sunwolves playing their first game in the expanded Super Rugby competition against the Johannesburg-based Lions in Tokyo. For those who see the glass as being half-full it is an opportunity ...

Mafi's amazing return to continue at Bath

Feb 17, 2016

Mafi's amazing return to continue at Bath

Fourteen months ago Amanaki Lelei Mafi was lying in a hospital bed wondering if he would ever play rugby again, having dislocated his hip in a Top League game for NTT Communications Shining Arcs. On Tuesday, he was holding court at one of the ...

Sunwolves set for exhibition debut as season draws near

Feb 12, 2016

Sunwolves set for exhibition debut as season draws near

With just five days of training behind it, Japan’s new Super Rugby side heads into its only warmup game knowing it needs to get out of the blocks flying. The Sunwolves kick off their season on Feb. 27 against the Johannesburg-based Lions and will ...

Sunwolves coach Hammett puts Japan interim talk on hold

Feb 10, 2016

Sunwolves coach Hammett puts Japan interim talk on hold

Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett said Tuesday he had heard the rumors he could be interim Japan coach but that at the moment he was too busy preparing for the new Super Rugby season to contemplate taking on two roles. Speaking to Kyodo News ...

Panasonic beats Teikyo University to complete trophy double

Jan 31, 2016

Panasonic beats Teikyo University to complete trophy double

Panasonic Wild Knights wrapped up the domestic rugby season by beating Teikyo University 49-15 to claim the 53rd All-Japan Championship at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday. The Wild Knights, who won their fourth Top League title last week, now have five cup ...

Japan names Joseph as next Brave Blossoms head coach

Jan 21, 2016

Japan names Joseph as next Brave Blossoms head coach

Jamie Joseph said Thursday his main motivation for leaving Super Rugby champions the Highlanders to become head coach of the Brave Blossoms was the chance to lead Japan when it hosts the 2019 World Cup. “It’s really hard to leave but I want to ...