Nov 25, 2015

New SANZAR boss confident Sunwolves will be ready

Despite not having a coach or officially naming a single member of their playing roster, Japan’s new Super Rugby side, the Sunwolves, will be ready to take part in the competition, according to new SANZAR chief executive Andy Marinos. The South African, who played ...

Japanese men qualify for Rio Olympics in rugby sevens

Nov 8, 2015

Japanese men qualify for Rio Olympics in rugby sevens

Japan is Rio bound after qualifiying for the men’s sevens tournament at next year’s Olympic Games, beating Hong Kong 24-10 in the final of the Asia rugby sevens qualifier 2015 on Sunday. Tries by Teruya Goto, Lemeki Lomano, Kazuhiro Goya and Katsuyuki Sakai, who ...

Japan's rugby sevens squads dominate in Asia qualifiers

Nov 7, 2015

Japan's rugby sevens squads dominate in Asia qualifiers

The Japan sevens teams both finished Saturday unbeaten as they look to book their tickets for next year’s Olympic Games. The men’s and women’s teams each won three games at Hong Kong Stadium in the Asia Rugby Sevens qualifier, setting them up nicely to ...

Nov 5, 2015

Japan targets spot at Rio 7s

Fresh off the exploits of the Brave Blossoms at the Rugby World Cup, the Japan men’s and women’s sevens teams will be looking to book their tickets for next year’s Rio Olympics via the Asian qualifying tournament in Hong Kong this weekend. With rugby ...

Goromaru, Japan earn World Rugby honors

Nov 2, 2015

Goromaru, Japan earn World Rugby honors

Japan’s superb showing at the recently concluded Rugby World Cup was rewarded Sunday at the annual World Rugby awards ceremony, with the Brave Blossoms’ victory over South Africa, including a thrilling last-gasp try, voted “Best Match Moment,” and fullback Ayumu Goromaru named in the ...

Oct 30, 2015

Jones, Brave Blossoms nominated for awards

Eddie Jones and the Brave Blossoms were both nominated for awards by World Rugby on Thursday. The sport’s governing body unveiled the shortlists for the Coach of the Year and Team of the Year accolades, with the winners to be announced on Sunday. Joining ...

JRFU in no rush to appoint new Brave Blossoms coach

Oct 28, 2015

JRFU in no rush to appoint new Brave Blossoms coach

Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Noriyuki Sakamoto said Tuesday that the JRFU was “currently looking at the selection” of a new national team coach but that he “couldn’t be certain” an appointment would be made before the end of the year. Speaking at an ...