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Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

Jun 17, 2016

Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

Japan looks to avenge its only loss at last year’s Rugby World Cup on Saturday when it takes on Scotland at Toyota Stadium. But it is a much-changed Japan side that takes on the men in blue. Japan’s 23-man match-day squad contains just 12 ...

Jun 16, 2016

Scotland names team for first test with Japan

Scotland coach Vern Cotter named his side Thursday for Saturday’s match with Japan at Toyota Stadium, the first in the two-test series that has been dubbed the “Revenge Games” by local media. Scotland was the only side to beat the Brave Blossoms at last ...

Jun 15, 2016

Yamaha to play Toulon in friendly

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru’s old side, Yamaha Jubilo, will play his new team, Toulon, in a friendly on July 30, the Top League club said Wednesday. Goromaru, who hurt his right shoulder while playing for the Reds in Super Rugby last month, was originally ...

Jun 15, 2016

Brave Blossoms to take on Georgia, Wales, Fiji

The Japan Rugby Football Union announced the game dates for the Brave Blossoms’ November tour on Wednesday. The tour, the first under new coach Jamie Joseph, opens on Nov. 12 in Tbilisi with a test against Georgia. Joseph and his team will then travel ...

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

Jun 12, 2016

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as it beat its oldest international opponent, Canada, 26-22 at test rugby’s newest venue, BC Place. The Brave Blossoms were forced to play for 26 minutes with 14 men after Yoshiya Hosoda marked his international debut with ...

Jun 11, 2016

England tops Australia in test series opener

England’s resurgence under Eddie Jones gained traction with a breakthrough 39-28 win over the Wallabies to open the three-test series against the Rugby World Cup finalists on Saturday. Jones took over in the wake of England’s dreadful group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup, ...

Jun 9, 2016

Sunwolves losing coach Hammett to Highlanders

There was mixed news for Japanese rugby from Dunedin, New Zealand, on Thursday as the Highlanders confirmed their coaching staff for the 2017 Super Rugby season. The bad news is that the Sunwolves will need a new head coach after it was confirmed that ...

Jun 8, 2016

South Africa beats Japan in World Rugby Under-20 Championship

For around 35 minutes on Tuesday, Japanese rugby fans and neutrals around the world could be forgiven for thinking lightning was about to strike twice as Japan led South Africa in a test match. Three first-half tries from Tokai University wing Ataata Moeakiola had ...

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

Jun 8, 2016

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru said Wednesday he will play in the French Top 14 with Toulon from August. “As it has been announced today, it’s been decided I will play at Toulon from August in the French league,” Goromaru said on his official blog ...

Jun 2, 2016

England arrives in Australia for three-test tour

England’s rugby squad arrived Down Under on Thursday for a three-test series led by its Australian coach Eddie Jones, who didn’t take long to complain about how he and his players are set to be treated during the June tour. The former Wallabies mentor ...