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 ...

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 ...

May 17, 2014

Japan closing in on Rugby World Cup qualification

Japan moved within one win of an automatic spot at next year’s Rugby World Cup with a 62-5 drubbing of South Korea on Saturday. The victory — which saw Ayumu Goromaru surpass Keiji Hirose as Japan’s all-time top points scorer — sees the Brave ...

Apr 26, 2014

Asia Pacific Dragons outclass Brave Blossoms

Japan got the hard physical game it wanted leading into it upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifiers, but it didn’t get the result it was after as a Brave Blossoms XV went down 35-29 to Asia Pacific Dragons on Saturday. Pacific flair won out on ...

Oct 28, 2013

All Blacks focused on upcoming Japan match

The world champion All Blacks arrived in Tokyo Monday for their first test match against Japan on Japanese soil and vowed to take nothing for granted. “It’s important that we start the tour well,” flyhalf Dan Carter said upon arrival at Tokyo’s Narita airport ...

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Oct 16, 2013

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Japan head coach Eddie Jones will be hospitalized indefinitely to undergo tests after showing symptoms of a stroke, Kyodo News learned on Wednesday. The announcement of the Japan squad for the Nov. 2 test against New Zealand was overshadowed by the news that the ...