Brave Blossoms end tour on sour note

Nov 27, 2016

Brave Blossoms end tour on sour note

Japan will finish the year outside the top 10 in rugby’s world rankings after an error-ridden performance saw the Brave Blossoms lose 38-25 against Fiji on Saturday. Despite the Japanese having a one-man advantage for 58 minutes at Stade de la Rabine, after flanker ...

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Nov 20, 2016

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Japan came within 20 seconds Saturday of once again shocking the rugby world. Despite missing a plethora of players through injury and self-imposed exile, the Brave Blossoms pushed Wales all the way before a last-gasp drop goal from Sam Davies saw the hosts win ...

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Nov 17, 2016

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Sam Warburton resumes the captaincy and Leigh Halfpenny switches to the wing for Wales, which has made 10 changes to its team to play Japan in Cardiff on Saturday. Warburton moves to openside flanker and regains the captain’s armband after Gethin Jenkins led the ...

Nov 16, 2016

Lemeki withdraws from Brave Blossoms tour

Japan wing Lomano Lava Lemeki has withdrawn from the Brave Blossoms’ tour of Europe due to an injury, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday. Lemeki started in Saturday’s 28-22 win over Georgia in Tbilisi, scoring two tries and playing nearly the whole game. ...

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

Nov 5, 2016

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

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Japan lost 54-20 to Argentina on Saturday to deny Jamie Joseph a winning start to his reign as Brave Blossoms manager. Japan, which now heads to Europe to play test matches against Georgia, Wales and Fiji, conceded two first-half tries against 2015 Rugby World ...

Joseph makes national team coaching debut against Argentina

Nov 4, 2016

Joseph makes national team coaching debut against Argentina

French philosopher Albert Camus once said “You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” It’s something the Japan national rugby team will understand Saturday as it takes on Argentina at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in its first test under new coach Jamie Joseph. ...

Nov 3, 2016

Olympian Lemeki excited about Brave Blossoms debut

Lomano Lava Lemeki will cap off a memorable year on Saturday when he makes his debut for the Brave Blossoms against Argentina at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Not that it will be the first time the 27-year-old wing has represented his adopted country. ...