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 ...

May 2, 2005

Kiwis school Japanese in university rugby match

It only took three minutes for Christian Loamanu to show rugby fans at Tokyo’s Chichibunomiya on Sunday the raw talent that led him to become the youngest ever player to play for Japan on its recent tour of South America. New Zealand Chiefs winger ...

Apr 19, 2005

Loamanu shines in historic debut for Japan

Christian Loamanu rewrote the Japanese rugby history books on Saturday, as Japan took on Uruguay in Montevideo. The Tongan-born student, who recently started his first year at Saitama Institute of Technology, became the youngest ever player to represent the national team and for good ...

Apr 9, 2005

Government backs bid for Rugby World Cup

The Japan Rugby Football Union’s hopes for hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011 were boosted on Friday with news that the Japanese government was officially backing the bid. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology had, on behalf of the government, ...

Apr 1, 2005

Rugby fans tell IRB: Give the 2011 World Cup to Japan

If the Japan Rugby Football Union is on the lookout for a theme song for its bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup, it could do a lot worse than the Ray Davies penned, “Give the People What They Want.” For judging by ...

Mar 31, 2005

Asian rugby hoping to build on success of Hong Kong Sevens

While Waisale Serevi and his Fijian team were busy stealing the headlines with their superb performance in winning the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2005 in Hong Kong last week, Asian rugby was showing, both on and off the field, that it could play a ...

Feb 28, 2005

Rugby gods smile on Green Rockets

Having shown their allegiance to Wales in its cracking win over France in Paris on Saturday, the rugby gods traveled quickly to Tokyo to cast their celestial eyes over the 42nd All Japan Championship final at Chichibunomiya on Sunday. Glen Marsh of the NEC ...