/ Jun 19, 2017

Brave Blossoms recall veteran Thompson

Lock Luke Thompson, a 36-year-old who retired from international duty after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has been recalled by Japan head coach Jamie Joseph for the Brave Blossoms’ second test against Ireland on Saturday. Wing Akihito Yamada, back from injury, and flanker Shokei ...

Ireland hammers Japan in test

/ Jun 17, 2017

Ireland hammers Japan in test

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Ireland handed Japan a harsh lesson with a 50-22 victory in the first of two test matches between the 2019 Rugby World Cup group rivals on Saturday. Japan went into the game at Ecopa Stadium looking to beat Ireland for the first time in ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Brave Blossoms make lineup changes for Ireland match

Japan heads into its first test with Ireland showing five changes and one positional switch from the team that started last week’s 33-21 win over Romania. Head coach Jamie Joseph named his 23-man squad Thursday for Saturday’s game at Shizuoka’s Ecopa Stadium following a ...

/ Jun 12, 2017

Tatekawa, Yamada ruled out of first test with Ireland

Japan has suffered a double injury blow with Kubota Spears center Harumichi Tatekawa and Panasonic Wild Knights wing Akihito Yamada dropping out of the national squad ahead of the two-test series with Ireland. Tatekawa, who is co-captain of the squad along with Panasonic hooker ...

Japan holds off late Romania charge

/ Jun 10, 2017

Japan holds off late Romania charge

Japan’s pace got the better of Romania’s brawn on Saturday as the Brave Blossoms downed the Oaks 33-21 at a packed Egao Kenko Stadium. With Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka showing all their experience and Ryuji Noguchi and Jumpei Ogura highlighting the growing competitiveness ...

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

/ Jun 9, 2017

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

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Japan coach Jamie Joseph sprung a few surprises Thursday when he named his side for Saturday’s test with Romania, the first of three test matches in successive weekends against European foes. The former New Zealand and Japan international opted to start a number of ...

/ Jun 6, 2017

Brave Blossoms recall Ono for upcoming tests

Hitoshi Ono’s hopes of playing 100 test matches were restored Tuesday when he was recalled to the Brave Blossoms for the June tests, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced. The 39-year-old lock, who has played 98 times for his country, was initially omitted from ...

Rugby hero Goromaru returning to Yamaha

/ Jun 5, 2017

Rugby hero Goromaru returning to Yamaha

Japan’s 2015 Rugby World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru is rejoining his old side Yamaha Jubilo after a year-and-a-half playing in Australia and France, the fullback revealed Monday on his website. The 31-year-old had an option to extend his deal in Toulon by a further ...

/ May 29, 2017

Ono misses out as Japan names test-match squad

Hitoshi Ono was the biggest casualty Monday when Japan head coach Jamie Joseph named his squad for the June internationals against Romania and Ireland. The 39-year-old lock has played 98 test matches for the Brave Blossoms, but his hopes of joining the elite centurion ...