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 ...

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Jun 21, 2014

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Japan proved it’s ready to mix it with the big boys of world rugby Saturday, beating Italy 26-23 to pick up the team’s 10th straight win and first ever over the Azzurri. Inspired by some tremendous scrummaging the Brave Blossoms battered the opposition into ...

Jun 20, 2014

Brave Blossoms expect tough test against Azzurri

Italy captain Quintin Geldenhuys may have said Friday that the pitch at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was a “quick fast track,” and that he was looking forward to an “open, running game” when the Azzurri take on Japan on Saturday, but Japan ...

Brave Blossoms rally to beat Canada

Jun 8, 2014

Brave Blossoms rally to beat Canada

Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as the Brave Blossoms came from behind to record their eighth straight win with a 34-25 victory over Canada in the Pacific Nations Cup. A disastrous end to the first half at Swangard Stadium had seen Japan ...

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

May 31, 2014

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

Youth and experience combined to hand Japan a record seventh straight test-match win Friday as the Brave Blossoms beat Samoa 33-14 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The youthful exuberance came in the form of Yoshikazu Fujita, who grabbed a first-half brace of ...