Jul 30, 2015

Tui snubs Japan's Super Rugby side

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Japan’s new Super Rugby team took another knock Thursday with the news that Hendrik Tui had opted to re-sign with the Queensland Rugby Union and play for the Reds next season. The 27-year-old, who scored a try earlier in the day for Japan in ...

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Jul 27, 2015

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones overhauled his lineup on Monday for Wednesday’s Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji at BMO Field. Michael Leitch will lead a team looking to upset the Flying Fijians with a place in the final still possible. The six sides have ...

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

Jul 25, 2015

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

The United States posted a confidence-boosting 23-18 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup on Friday. Less than three months before the same two teams clash at the World Cup, where they are in the same group, the U.S. survived late pressure to ...

Jul 22, 2015

Japan makes plenty of changes for PNC clash against U.S.

The Japan side that will take the field at Sacramento’s Bonney Field on Friday against the United States in the second round of the Pacific Nations Cup shows eight changes and one positional switch from the side that started last weekend’s 20-6 win over ...

Jul 19, 2015

Japan beats Canada in Pacific Nations Cup opener

Japan beat Canada 20-6 in its Pacific Nations Cup opener behind the goal kicking of captain Ayumu Goromaru on Saturday. Goromaru, filling in as skipper for Michael Leitch, had a personal haul of 15 points through five penalties. Yoshikazu Fujita scored the lone try ...

Brave Blossoms' focus on PNC, not National Stadium fracas

Jul 18, 2015

Brave Blossoms' focus on PNC, not National Stadium fracas

The Japan XV tried to stay focused on the Pacific Nations Cup amid the National Stadium controversy that has left the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main stadium. “We’re not thinking about 2019,” stand-in captain Ayumu Goromaru said on the eve of Saturday’s ...

Jul 8, 2015

Free agent Hopgood determined to make World Cup squad

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Japan has for many years been criticized for the number of non-Japan-born players playing for its national rugby team. “Rugby mercenaries” is a term that has been used both within and from outside Japan, even though the Brave Blossoms are no different from England, ...

Jun 25, 2015

Leitch to stay Brave Blossoms captain

Japan coach Eddie Jones, who will also serve as director of rugby of the new Japanese Super Rugby side, said Thursday that Michael Leitch would remain captain of the Brave Blossoms even though he had re-signed to play for the Chiefs next year rather ...

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

Jun 1, 2015

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

A week after returning from Hong Kong following the shortened finale to the Asia Rugby Championship, Japan coach Eddie Jones was still seething Sunday about the game being called off and the Brave Blossoms’ subsequent drop in the world rankings. “Because it’s Japan everyone ...

Japan beats S. Korea to clinch Asia Rugby Championship

May 9, 2015

Japan beats S. Korea to clinch Asia Rugby Championship

Japan won the Asia Rugby Championship on Saturday with a game to spare by beating South Korea 66-10 at Level-5 Stadium. Following on from their seven straight Asian 5 Nations titles, the Brave Blossoms ensured they will travel to Hong Kong in two weeks ...