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 ...

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

Jun 12, 2016

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as it beat its oldest international opponent, Canada, 26-22 at test rugby’s newest venue, BC Place. The Brave Blossoms were forced to play for 26 minutes with 14 men after Yoshiya Hosoda marked his international debut with ...

Jun 8, 2016

South Africa beats Japan in World Rugby Under-20 Championship

For around 35 minutes on Tuesday, Japanese rugby fans and neutrals around the world could be forgiven for thinking lightning was about to strike twice as Japan led South Africa in a test match. Three first-half tries from Tokai University wing Ataata Moeakiola had ...

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

Jun 8, 2016

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru said Wednesday he will play in the French Top 14 with Toulon from August. “As it has been announced today, it’s been decided I will play at Toulon from August in the French league,” Goromaru said on his official blog ...

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

Jun 1, 2016

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

Harumichi Tatekawa will captain Japan when it plays Canada on June 11 in Vancouver, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday, after captain-elect Shota Horie withdrew from the tour party. Having named an initial 33-man squad on Monday, the JRFU has decided 10 players ...