Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

Apr 29, 2016

Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

With Japan set for a test match on Saturday, the Brave Blossoms’ first since their heroics at last year’s Rugby World Cup, former coach Eddie Jones is less than impressed with how things have panned out regarding his successor. “What other team, what serious ...

Apr 21, 2016

Japan's Asia Rugby Championship team features little experience

Panasonic Wild Knights scrumhalf Keisuke Uchida will lead a very inexperienced side as Japan looks to maintain its mastery over South Korea and Hong Kong in the Asia Rugby Championship. Brave Blossoms interim coach Ryuji Nakatake named a 30-man squad that between them has ...

Mar 10, 2016

Hammett, Nakatake assigned interim coaching duties for Brave Blossoms

Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett was on Thursday named as one of two interim coaches for upcoming Japan national team matches, deputizing for incoming Brave Blossoms’ coach and fellow Kiwi Jamie Joseph, who is unavailable due to commitments with his Highlanders Super Rugby team. Hammett ...

Feb 24, 2016

Former Brave Blossoms captain Hirose to retire

Toshiaki Hirose, who earned 28 caps for the Brave Blossoms, and for two years captained Japan under head coach Eddie Jones, announced he was ending his playing career on Wednesday. The 34-year-old wing for Top League side Toshiba Brave Lupus was named to last ...

Feb 21, 2016

Mafi earns Bath bonus point with last-gasp try

Japan No. 8 Amanaki Lelei Mafi started for Bath in his home debut for the English Premiership side on Saturday and scored a valuable late try. Bath lost 24-18 to Wasps, with Mafi’s 80th-minute try at the Recreation Ground pulling the home side to ...

Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

Feb 11, 2016

Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

While his former Waseda University teammate Ayumu Goromaru is enjoying the tropical heat of Brisbane, Australia, Kensuke Hatakeyama is in slightly different surroundings. The 30-year-old Suntory Sungoliath tighthead prop is currently in the northeast of England on a short-term contract with the Newcastle Falcons ...

Feb 5, 2016

Japan to host Scotland in Aichi Prefecture, Tokyo in June

Japan will host Scotland at Toyota Stadium and Ajinomoto Stadium for two test matches in June, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. The Brave Blossoms will face Scotland at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture on June 18 before their second match in the ...

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Feb 1, 2016

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

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Following the Japan Rugby Football Union’s recent announcement that Jamie Joseph would take over as head coach of the men’s national rugby union team, the governing body explained its selection process for Eddie Jones’ successor and the team’s plans for the future on Monday. ...