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Mar 24, 2014

Brave Blossoms to take on Samoa in Tokyo

Japan will play a test match against Samoa in Tokyo on May 30, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. The match will be the ideal bridge between the Asian 5 Nations and the Pacific Nations Cup, and will be a dress rehearsal for ...

Mar 23, 2014

Fiji triumphs in Tokyo Sevens

It was gold for Fiji, a bittersweet weekend for South Africa and heartbreak for Japan at the Tokyo Sevens on Sunday. The Flying Fijians beat South Africa 33-26 in a sensational final thanks to a last-minute try from Waisea Nacuqu. It was a fitting ...

U.S. joins big guns in Tokyo Sevens quarters

Mar 22, 2014

U.S. joins big guns in Tokyo Sevens quarters

The United States was the only team to upset the apple cart — though Canada and Japan both came close to pulling off shock wins — as Round 6 of the HSBC Sevens World Series got under way Saturday at the Prince Chichibu Memorial ...

Panasonic tops Toshiba to complete league and cup double

Mar 9, 2014

Panasonic tops Toshiba to complete league and cup double

Panasonic Wild Knights completed the league and cup double on Sunday when they beat Toshiba Brave Lupus 30-21 in the final of the All-Japan Championship. In the last domestic rugby game played at National Stadium before it is demolished to make way for a ...

Dec 11, 2013

Kikutani to play for English rugby club Saracens

Japan Top League club Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday that Japan No. 8 Takashi Kikutani will leave for England on Dec. 18 to join up with English Premiership club Saracens. It is now being determined how long the 33-year-old Kikutani will be away from the ...

Dec 8, 2013

Brave Lupus hold off plucky Eagles

Toshiba Brave Lupus survived a scare in the Top League as man-of-the-match Takahiro Ogawa kicked 16 points in a 26-24 win over Group A rivals Canon Eagles on Sunday. Ogawa, coming off a 17-point game last weekend against Toyota Verblitz, had three first-half penalties ...

Nov 29, 2013

Fit-again Jones gets back to business

Japan coach Eddie Jones declared he would soon be in better health than ever on Friday, when he made his first public appearance following the stroke he suffered on Oct. 15. “I am at about 98 percent now,” he said at Japan Rugby Football ...

Japan beats Spain to finish Euro tour

Nov 24, 2013

Japan beats Spain to finish Euro tour

Japan finished off its European tour and 2013 international season on a winning note Saturday, downing Spain 40-7 at Madrid Ciudad Universitaria Stadium. The Brave Blossoms produced a gutsy display in the face of combative opposition intent on slowing the ball down at every ...

All Blacks on brink of history

Nov 23, 2013

All Blacks on brink of history

The All Blacks always talk of striving for perfection. They mean in performance. But they can achieve it another way on Sunday by becoming the first side in rugby’s professional era to win all their matches in a calendar year. New Zealand couldn’t have ...

Nov 16, 2013

Japan beats Russia

Japan picked up the first win of its European tour — and its first under stand-in coach Scott Wisemantel — when it routed Russia 40-13 at Parc Eirias on Friday. Japan scored one try in the first stanza and four in the second as ...

Mistakes cost second-string Japan in loss against Gloucester

Nov 13, 2013

Mistakes cost second-string Japan in loss against Gloucester

A second-string Japan XV went down 40-5 to Gloucester at Kingsholm on Tuesday evening, as the Brave Blossoms once again failed to turn possession into points and struggled with the interpretations of the local referee. With test matches three days either side of this ...

Japan's Brave Blossoms fall to Scotland

Nov 10, 2013

Japan's Brave Blossoms fall to Scotland

Japan wanted an idea of where they stand in world rugby. Saturday’s 42-17 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield showed that while they have the ability to mix it with the big boys, they are still a way off breaking into the top 10. The ...