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May 28, 2014

Japan makes changes ahead of Samoa test

The Japan side that will take to the field Friday evening against Samoa at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground shows four changes and two positional switches from the team that started last weekend’s Rugby World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong. With their ticket ...

Borthwick excited by Japan chance

May 28, 2014

Borthwick excited by Japan chance

Ex-England captain Steve Borthwick has said he’s looking forward to working with former Wallaby boss Eddie Jones on a full-time basis when he becomes the forwards coach of Japan following his retirement. The 34-year-old lock will finally hang up his boots and call time ...

May 24, 2014

Japan set for historic Rugby World Cup qualifier

The Brave Blossoms are hoping the end of one sporting era will also mark the start of another as they look to send the National Stadium off in style on Sunday. A victory for Japan over Hong Kong at the iconic stadium built for ...

Rugby World Cup trophy visits Tokyo

May 23, 2014

Rugby World Cup trophy visits Tokyo

Rugby’s Webb Ellis Cup, awarded to the winner of the World Cup, has made its first stop in Tokyo of a global tour to promote the 2015 edition in England. The silver-gilt trophy landed at Narita airport on Thursday after a flight from London ...

England great Wilkinson retires from rugby

May 19, 2014

England great Wilkinson retires from rugby

England great Jonny Wilkinson will retire from rugby at the end of the season, capping an illustrious 17-year career in which he dropped the winning goal in a World Cup final and reached the top of the European game with Toulon. The 34-year-old Wilkinson ...

May 17, 2014

Japan closing in on Rugby World Cup qualification

Japan moved within one win of an automatic spot at next year’s Rugby World Cup with a 62-5 drubbing of South Korea on Saturday. The victory — which saw Ayumu Goromaru surpass Keiji Hirose as Japan’s all-time top points scorer — sees the Brave ...

Japan crushes Sri Lanka to stay on course for World Cup

May 10, 2014

Japan crushes Sri Lanka to stay on course for World Cup

Japan stayed on course for its seventh straight Asian 5 Nations title and more importantly its eighth successive appearance at a Rugby World Cup following a 132-10 thrashing of Sri Lanka on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms ran in 20 tries at Mizuho Rugby Ground ...

May 1, 2014

Brave Blossoms make changes ahead of Asian 5 Nations

Japan open their Asian 5 Nations campaign on Saturday against the Philippines with a starting XV that shows nine changes and one positional switch from the team that played last weekend’s warm-up game against Asia Pacific Dragons. The Brave Blossoms may have lost 35-29 ...

Apr 26, 2014

Asia Pacific Dragons outclass Brave Blossoms

Japan got the hard physical game it wanted leading into it upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifiers, but it didn’t get the result it was after as a Brave Blossoms XV went down 35-29 to Asia Pacific Dragons on Saturday. Pacific flair won out on ...

Mar 31, 2014

Japan secures core Sevens berth

Japan defeated Italy 26-5 to win the final of the qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday. Yusaku Kuwazuru scored two tries and Katsuyuki Sakai also went over and made two conversions as Japan took control in the first half. Kenki Fukuoka ...