Japan earns historic win over Italy

Jun 21, 2014

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Japan proved it’s ready to mix it with the big boys of world rugby Saturday, beating Italy 26-23 to pick up the team’s 10th straight win and first ever over the Azzurri. Inspired by some tremendous scrummaging the Brave Blossoms battered the opposition into ...

Jun 20, 2014

Brave Blossoms expect tough test against Azzurri

Italy captain Quintin Geldenhuys may have said Friday that the pitch at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was a “quick fast track,” and that he was looking forward to an “open, running game” when the Azzurri take on Japan on Saturday, but Japan ...

Brave Blossoms rally to beat Canada

Jun 8, 2014

Brave Blossoms rally to beat Canada

Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as the Brave Blossoms came from behind to record their eighth straight win with a 34-25 victory over Canada in the Pacific Nations Cup. A disastrous end to the first half at Swangard Stadium had seen Japan ...

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

May 31, 2014

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

Youth and experience combined to hand Japan a record seventh straight test-match win Friday as the Brave Blossoms beat Samoa 33-14 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The youthful exuberance came in the form of Yoshikazu Fujita, who grabbed a first-half brace of ...

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 ...

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 ...