Jul 9, 2016

Goromaru positive about Super Rugby experience

Although the playing time was hard to come by and injury forced him to miss final fixtures, Ayumu Goromaru has reflected positively on his Super Rugby season with the Reds. “It was a good experience being able to play in matches although chances were ...

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

Jun 26, 2016

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

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Japan back-row forward Amanaki Lelei Mafi admits that the absence of injured Rugby World Cup stars including Ayumu Goromaru and Michael Leitch hurt the Brave Blossoms in their two test-match defeats to Scotland. But the Tonga-born man mountain has backed their youthful replacements to ...

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Jun 24, 2016

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Japan and Scotland are both hoping to end their seasons in style Saturday by putting on a performance worthy of the occasion. The two sides will battle it out in front of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the stadium that will host the ...

Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

Jun 23, 2016

Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

Japan interim coach Mark Hammett limited the changes ahead of Saturday’s second test against Scotland, making just two to the side that started last week’s 26-13 defeat. Male Sa’u, who is returning from injury, was handed the No. 14 jersey (rather than his more ...

Japan falls against Scotland in Rugby World Cup rematch

Jun 18, 2016

Japan falls against Scotland in Rugby World Cup rematch

Japan failed to avenge its only loss from last year’s Rugby World Cup as the Brave Blossoms fell 26-13 to Scotland on Saturday night. On a hot, muggy night at Toyota Stadium, the Scots proved too big and strong and made the most of ...

Jun 17, 2016

Emperor, empress to attend Japan test match for first time

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will attend their first Japan test match on June 25 when the Brave Blossoms take on Scotland at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. It will be the imperial couple’s second time to attend ...

Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

Jun 17, 2016

Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

Japan looks to avenge its only loss at last year’s Rugby World Cup on Saturday when it takes on Scotland at Toyota Stadium. But it is a much-changed Japan side that takes on the men in blue. Japan’s 23-man match-day squad contains just 12 ...

Jun 16, 2016

Scotland names team for first test with Japan

Scotland coach Vern Cotter named his side Thursday for Saturday’s match with Japan at Toyota Stadium, the first in the two-test series that has been dubbed the “Revenge Games” by local media. Scotland was the only side to beat the Brave Blossoms at last ...

Jun 15, 2016

Brave Blossoms to take on Georgia, Wales, Fiji

The Japan Rugby Football Union announced the game dates for the Brave Blossoms’ November tour on Wednesday. The tour, the first under new coach Jamie Joseph, opens on Nov. 12 in Tbilisi with a test against Georgia. Joseph and his team will then travel ...