Officials hopeful new era of Asian rugby on horizon

Apr 18, 2015

Officials hopeful new era of Asian rugby on horizon

Saturday’s opening game of the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship may have marked a new era for the sport in the world’s largest continent, but Eddie Jones has his eyes set on only one thing. “The Rugby World Cup is all I care about,” the ...

Brave Blossoms outplay S. Korea

Apr 18, 2015

Brave Blossoms outplay S. Korea

Japan began the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship just as it left off the old Asian 5 Nations with a bonus-point win Saturday. But it was hardly a performance that will have worried South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and even the United States, its opponents at ...

Japan falls short at Tokyo Sevens

Apr 5, 2015

Japan falls short at Tokyo Sevens

Japan failed to exploit its strong start to the Tokyo Sevens on Sunday, when it crashed out with two straight defeats in the seventh event of World Rugby’s Sevens World Series. England capped a strong weekend in Tokyo with its first cup win in ...

Mar 18, 2015

Jones says major shake-up needed in Japanese rugby

Brave Blossoms coach Eddie Jones said Wednesday that Japan’s rugby resources were spread too thin and there needed to be a major shake-up in the way the game is run here. Talking after Junior Japan (in essence Japan’s under 20s) went down to their ...

Feb 20, 2015

Pacific Nations Cup schedule released

Japan will open its Pacific Nations Cup campaign on July 18 against Canada in San Jose, California, the Japan Rugby Football Union and World Rugby said Friday. The Brave Blossoms will play the United States on July 24 in Sacramento in the same U.S. ...

Feb 9, 2015

JRFU chairman Yabe sketchy on Super Rugby details

Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Tatsuzo Yabe gave a few clues Monday as to how Japan’s new Super Rugby team will be structured and hinted that Japan’s participation could result in changes in how the sport is run domestically. But he stopped short of ...

Jones names provisional Rugby World Cup squad

Jan 5, 2015

Jones names provisional Rugby World Cup squad

The road to Rugby World Cup 2015 became clearer Monday with Japan head coach Eddie Jones naming a provisional squad of 41 players, and the Japan Rugby Football Union confirming the Brave Blossoms’ schedule ahead of the tournament, which kicks off in England on ...

Georgia ends Japan's perfect run

Nov 24, 2014

Georgia ends Japan's perfect run

Japan’s hopes of finishing the calendar year unbeaten in test matches were dashed at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium on Sunday as the Brave Blossoms went down 35-24 to Georgia. While it would be easy to make excuses — the Japan pack struggled big time with ...

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

Nov 8, 2014

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

The Brave Blossoms learned Saturday what countless other international sides have discovered over the years — namely you cannot write a New Zealand side off till the fat lady truly sings. A try by Dan Pryor three minutes from time saw the Maori All ...

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Nov 1, 2014

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Eddie Jones’ Brave Blossoms were handed a simple rugby lesson on Saturday as a Japan XV went down 61-21 to the Maori All Blacks at Noevir Stadium. Give the ball away in contact and miss your tackles against the big boys of world rugby ...