Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

Feb 11, 2016

Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

While his former Waseda University teammate Ayumu Goromaru is enjoying the tropical heat of Brisbane, Australia, Kensuke Hatakeyama is in slightly different surroundings. The 30-year-old Suntory Sungoliath tighthead prop is currently in the northeast of England on a short-term contract with the Newcastle Falcons ...

Feb 5, 2016

Japan to host Scotland in Aichi Prefecture, Tokyo in June

Japan will host Scotland at Toyota Stadium and Ajinomoto Stadium for two test matches in June, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. The Brave Blossoms will face Scotland at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture on June 18 before their second match in the ...

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Feb 1, 2016

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph


Following the Japan Rugby Football Union’s recent announcement that Jamie Joseph would take over as head coach of the men’s national rugby union team, the governing body explained its selection process for Eddie Jones’ successor and the team’s plans for the future on Monday. ...

Jan 29, 2016

Hatakeyama heads to England for new challenge with Newcastle

Japan and Suntory Sungoliath prop Kensuke Hatakeyama is aiming to get into games in England’s Premiership, he said Friday at Narita airport. The 30-year-old, who has played 72 times for the Brave Blossoms, signed a short-term deal with Newcastle, which is currently at the ...

Jan 25, 2016

Japan to take on Wales in Cardiff

Japan will take on Wales in Cardiff in November, their first meeting since the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed on Monday. Japan has been added to the Under Armour Series 2016 which will see Wales play autumn fixtures against ...

Jan 20, 2016

Highlanders expected to announce Joseph's move to Japan

The long and winding road to name a successor to Eddie Jones as head coach of the Brave Blossoms looks like it is finally coming to an end. New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times told Kyodo News on Wednesday that Super Rugby champions the Highlanders ...

Dec 31, 2015

Tanaka warns against complacency in Japanese rugby

Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has warned that banking on Japan’s World Cup success will be a mistake. In a year-end interview, the 30-year-old Tanaka, who plays in the Top League for Panasonic Wild Knights and in Super Rugby for the Highlanders, said Japanese rugby ...

Dec 25, 2015

JRFU to delay coaching announcement: source

The announcement of Jamie Joseph, as the new head coach of the Brave Blossoms, will be delayed until the new year, a source close to the matter said Friday. Multiple sources have named Joseph as the Japan Rugby Football Union’s top choice for head ...