Jan 16, 2017

Brave Blossoms add France test to schedule

The Brave Blossoms will take on France in November, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. The test, slated for Nov. 25 at a venue yet to be specified, gives Jamie Joseph’s squad yet another challenge in what promises to be an exciting year ...

Japan to host Australia for first time

Dec 15, 2016

Japan to host Australia for first time

Japan will host Australia on Nov. 4, 2017, in a landmark test match, the Japan Rugby Football Union and Australian Rugby Union jointly announced Thursday. The game, at a venue yet to be determined, will mark the first time the Wallabies and Brave Blossoms ...

Dec 14, 2016

Japan to play test matches against Ireland, Romania in June

The Japan Rugby Football Union confirmed Wednesday the dates for the Brave Blossoms’ tests against Romania and Ireland in June 2017. Romania visits Japan on June 10, with the Irish set for a two-test series on June 17 and 24. The venues for the ...

Brave Blossoms end tour on sour note

Nov 27, 2016

Brave Blossoms end tour on sour note

Japan will finish the year outside the top 10 in rugby’s world rankings after an error-ridden performance saw the Brave Blossoms lose 38-25 against Fiji on Saturday. Despite the Japanese having a one-man advantage for 58 minutes at Stade de la Rabine, after flanker ...

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Nov 20, 2016

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Japan came within 20 seconds Saturday of once again shocking the rugby world. Despite missing a plethora of players through injury and self-imposed exile, the Brave Blossoms pushed Wales all the way before a last-gasp drop goal from Sam Davies saw the hosts win ...

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Nov 17, 2016

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Sam Warburton resumes the captaincy and Leigh Halfpenny switches to the wing for Wales, which has made 10 changes to its team to play Japan in Cardiff on Saturday. Warburton moves to openside flanker and regains the captain’s armband after Gethin Jenkins led the ...

Nov 16, 2016

Lemeki withdraws from Brave Blossoms tour

Japan wing Lomano Lava Lemeki has withdrawn from the Brave Blossoms’ tour of Europe due to an injury, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday. Lemeki started in Saturday’s 28-22 win over Georgia in Tbilisi, scoring two tries and playing nearly the whole game. ...