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Ireland routs Japan for sweep

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Ireland beat Japan 35-13 on Saturday to sweep their two-game series despite a rousing second-half performance by the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts. Ireland thrashed Japan 50-22 in the opening game in Shizuoka the previous weekend and the visitors wasted little time in establishing their superiority at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium, ...

/ Jun 19, 2017

Brave Blossoms recall veteran Thompson

Lock Luke Thompson, a 36-year-old who retired from international duty after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has been recalled by Japan head coach Jamie Joseph for the Brave Blossoms’ second test against Ireland on Saturday. Wing Akihito Yamada, back from injury, and flanker Shokei ...

/ Jun 17, 2017

Scotland wins test against Wallabies

Flanker Hamish Watson’s 61st-minute try earned Scotland a rare victory in Australia as it beat the Wallabies 24-19 in a seesawing test match Saturday that saw both teams score three tries a piece. Scotland led 17-12 at halftime despite fullback Israel Folau scoring two ...

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Ireland hammers Japan in test

/ Jun 17, 2017

Ireland hammers Japan in test

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Ireland handed Japan a harsh lesson with a 50-22 victory in the first of two test matches between the 2019 Rugby World Cup group rivals on Saturday. Japan went into the game at Ecopa Stadium looking to beat Ireland for the first time in ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Ireland announces squad for Japan test

Coach Joe Schmidt has made six changes to Ireland’s starting lineup to face Japan in Saturday’s rugby test, the second of the three-match summer tour. Andrew Conway, Rory Scannell, Luke McGrath and Dan Leavy will feature in the starting XV for the first time ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Brave Blossoms make lineup changes for Ireland match

Japan heads into its first test with Ireland showing five changes and one positional switch from the team that started last week’s 33-21 win over Romania. Head coach Jamie Joseph named his 23-man squad Thursday for Saturday’s game at Shizuoka’s Ecopa Stadium following a ...

/ Jun 12, 2017

Tatekawa, Yamada ruled out of first test with Ireland

Japan has suffered a double injury blow with Kubota Spears center Harumichi Tatekawa and Panasonic Wild Knights wing Akihito Yamada dropping out of the national squad ahead of the two-test series with Ireland. Tatekawa, who is co-captain of the squad along with Panasonic hooker ...

Waratahs capitalize on Suntory's missed opportunity

/ Jun 11, 2017

Waratahs capitalize on Suntory's missed opportunity

The speed of Cam Clark proved to be the difference Sunday as Sydney-based Super Rugby side Waratahs beat Top League champions Suntory Sungoliath 21-19 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Though to be fair, the Waratahs wing was also helped by the laborious kicking ...

Japan holds off late Romania charge

/ Jun 10, 2017

Japan holds off late Romania charge

Japan’s pace got the better of Romania’s brawn on Saturday as the Brave Blossoms downed the Oaks 33-21 at a packed Egao Kenko Stadium. With Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka showing all their experience and Ryuji Noguchi and Jumpei Ogura highlighting the growing competitiveness ...

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

/ Jun 9, 2017

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

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Japan coach Jamie Joseph sprung a few surprises Thursday when he named his side for Saturday’s test with Romania, the first of three test matches in successive weekends against European foes. The former New Zealand and Japan international opted to start a number of ...

/ Jun 8, 2017

Toyota Verblitz acquire former Springboks Smith, Aplon

The Toyota Verblitz increased their South African presence Thursday with the signing of four new players. New head coach Jake White, who led the Springboks to victory at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, has acquired the services of Bulls lock Jason Jenkins, Southern Kings ...