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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

Nov 3, 2013

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

by Andrew Mckirdy

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has warned his new-look All Blacks to stick to the game plan ahead of their tour of Europe after going rogue for periods of Saturday’s 54-6 win over Japan. The All Blacks brushed past the Brave Blossoms with the ...

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

Nov 1, 2013

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

The Japan rugby team faces one of the hardest tasks in sport Saturday when it takes on the world champion All Blacks at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. In 110 years, the New Zealand national team has played 508 tests and been victorious ...

All Black legends Carter, McCaw to face Japan

Oct 31, 2013

All Black legends Carter, McCaw to face Japan

Richie McCaw will lead New Zealand when it takes on Japan on Saturday, head coach Steve Hansen announced Thursday — although the most capped All Black in history will be playing at No. 8 rather than in his more accustomed No. 7 jersey. McCaw, ...

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Oct 16, 2013

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Japan head coach Eddie Jones will be hospitalized indefinitely to undergo tests after showing symptoms of a stroke, Kyodo News learned on Wednesday. The announcement of the Japan squad for the Nov. 2 test against New Zealand was overshadowed by the news that the ...