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

Sep 2, 2015

Australia lays groundwork for test match with Japan

A test match between Japan and Australia is on the cards following the establishment this week of the Australian Rugby Foundation Japan Chapter. At the official launch of the chapter at the Australian Embassy on Tuesday night, former Wallaby and Australian Rugby Union board ...

Jones unveils squad for upcoming Rugby World Cup

Aug 31, 2015

Jones unveils squad for upcoming Rugby World Cup

Japan coach Eddie Jones named his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup on Monday. A day before Japan leaves for England, where it will be pooled alongside South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and the United States, Jones said it had been a difficult week ...

Aug 28, 2015

Jones set to lead Brave Blossoms for final time at home

Eddie Jones’ final game in charge of the Brave Blossoms in Japan on Saturday against Uruguay is likely to be an emotional affair. Following a difficult week for Japanese rugby, with Jones announcing he would be leaving after the World Cup, fresh doubt being ...

Japan rugby chiefs tight-lipped over Super Rugby exit claims

Aug 26, 2015

Japan rugby chiefs tight-lipped over Super Rugby exit claims

Eddie Jones’ decision to leave Japan after the Rugby World Cup has led to widespread reports that the nation’s new Super Rugby franchise will be taken away. Coming just weeks after Japan’s plans to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup were thrown into turmoil ...

Jones to leave Japan following 2015 RWC

Aug 25, 2015

Jones to leave Japan following 2015 RWC

Japan coach Eddie Jones is stepping down after the Rugby World Cup, he confirmed on Tuesday. Speaking from Miyazaki, where the Brave Blossoms are in camp ahead of the upcoming World Cup, Jones said he wanted to quash all the rumors and innuendo so ...

Brave Blossoms whip Uruguay, halt four-game losing streak

Aug 22, 2015

Brave Blossoms whip Uruguay, halt four-game losing streak

Japan put an end to a four-game losing skid, trouncing Uruguay 30-8 at Level 5 Stadium on Saturday. With just three games and four weeks to go before the Brave Blossoms play South Africa in their Rugby World Cup opener, head coach Eddie Jones ...

Jones admits to Stormers talks

Aug 19, 2015

Jones admits to Stormers talks

Japan coach Eddie Jones admitted Tuesday he was in talks with the Stormers, but he stopped short of saying he had signed a deal with the Cape Town-based Super Rugby side. Reports from South Africa overnight claim Jones will give up his role as ...

Match against Japan serious business for members of World XV

Aug 12, 2015

Match against Japan serious business for members of World XV

Any thoughts local rugby fans had that this weekend’s game between a World XV and Japan meant little to the visitors other than a chance to have a fun week in Tokyo were dispelled Wednesday by none other than renowned rugby comic Nick Cummins. ...

Aug 5, 2015

Wallaby-heavy World XV squad set to face Japan

The World XV to take on Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Aug. 15 was announced Wednesday and it contains a number of Wallabies still hoping to make it to this year’s Rugby World Cup. Former Australia coach Robbie Deans, now in ...