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 ...

Feb 27, 2005

Rugby legends Johnson, Eales to visit Tokyo

Two giants of rugby union — both in terms of ability and stature — are heading to Tokyo in June. Unfortunately, for Japanese fans of the “game played in heaven” they will not be joining the plethora of former and current international players plying ...

Feb 24, 2005

IRB chairman points the way forward for Japanese rugby

When Dr. Syd Millar talks rugby, people generally stop and listen. After all, this is a man who won 37 caps for Ireland and made three tours with the British and Irish Lions as a front-row forward. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he was ...