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Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Dec 26, 2018
Cloud of uncertainty hovers over Top League
The New Year is traditionally a time for looking back on the past and looking ahead.
Japan Times
Rugby
Dec 19, 2018
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi committed to giving back to children in South Africa
When Japan takes on South Africa next September at Kumagaya Rugby Ground the Brave Blossoms will come up against a player in Siya Kolisi whose background and raison d'etre is a world away from their own.
Japan Times
Rugby
Dec 17, 2018
Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again
Despite unhappy memories of their previous meeting, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi welcomed the announcement Monday that the Springboks will play Japan on Sept. 6 at Kumagaya Rugby Ground as a warm-up game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Nov 29, 2018
Japan making the top eight at 2019 Rugby World Cup will be no easy task
Japan coach Jamie Joseph said earlier this week that his team's "Rugby World Cup final would be making the top eight."
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Nov 1, 2018
Young players make new friends at YCAC rugby clinic
While the All Blacks and Wallabies were doing their bit to woo Japanese rugby fans at last weekend's Bledisloe Cup match at Nissan Stadium, another group of Antipodean rugby players were in Japan doing an equally important job.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Oct 24, 2018
Brave Blossoms face key tests on road to 2019 World Cup
With preparations going smoothly and everything seemingly well on track off the field for a successful Rugby World Cup 2019, it's now time to see if Japan's preparations on the field are going just as well.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 23, 2018
All Blacks warn Australia, Japan they can still elevate their game
If Australia and Japan are to beat the All Blacks in the coming weeks when they meet in Yokohama and Tokyo, respectively, they will have to defeat a side which, by its own admission, can "still get better and smoother in some areas."
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 22, 2018
All Blacks, Wallabies impressed so far with Japan's RWC preparations
The All Blacks and Wallabies set very high standards when it comes to their rugby, and judging by comments over the last two days, Japan's position as host of Rugby World Cup 2019 is getting an A grade as far as off-the-field preparations are concerned.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 10, 2018
Wallaby duo, S. Africa crew join World XV set to play Japan
The World XV to take on Japan on Oct. 26 at Osaka's Hanazono Rugby Stadium will be a star-studded affair, following the announcement Wednesday of a further nine players.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 6, 2018
New coach Tony Brown to make national team members prove worth for Sunwolves
New Sunwolves head coach Tony Brown said Friday the Japan national team members in line to play at the 2019 Rugby World Cup will need to prove themselves if they are to play Super Rugby next year.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 4, 2018
Japan's win over South Africa set to be turned into movie
Japan's famous win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, regarded by many as one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time, will to be turned into a movie with an international all-star cast, the film's creator told Kyodo News.
Japan Times
Rugby
Oct 1, 2018
Brave Blossoms name squad for autumn games
Japan coach Jamie Joseph named a 35-man squad Monday for the Brave Blossoms' autumn games that was more notable for who was not in the list than who was.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Sep 27, 2018
Kyushu set to play key role in RWC buildup
A sense of familiarity, long-standing historical ties, and a look to the future have ensured the southern island of Kyushu will resemble Little Britain in the buildup to next year's Rugby World Cup.
Japan Times
Rugby / RWC Countdown
Sep 19, 2018
Ticket sales brisk as Japan prepares for rugby mania
The eyes of the rugby world will be on Japan in a year when the Brave Blossoms take on Russia at Tokyo Stadium on Sept. 20, 2019, in the opening game of the ninth Rugby World Cup.
Japan Times
Rugby
Sep 16, 2018
Panasonic coach Robbie Deans fumes over video referee's performance
Panasonic Wild Knights coach Robbie Deans gave a scathing review of the television match official at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Saturday as complaints about officiating in the Japan Rugby Top League once again overshadowed the rugby on display.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Aug 30, 2018
Intense season awaits Top League
The 2018-19 Top League season kicks off Friday with plenty of changes to the format both on and off the field as the Japan Rugby Football Union looks to do all it can to ensure the Brave Blossoms are at their peak when Japan hosts the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Jul 27, 2018
Outcome of Mafi's assault case may imperil future in Japan
Japanese participation in the 2018 Super Rugby season did not just end before the playoffs even began, it also ended in controversy with three players up before various judiciaries on and off the field.
Japan Times
Rugby / ADDING THE EXTRAS
Jun 28, 2018
Greater vision necessary for RWC and Japanese rugby to succeed
Back in 2005 two flyhalf/centers of contrasting ability talked about why they hoped Japan would win the right to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Japan Times
Rugby
Jun 10, 2018
Former Japan coach Sir John Kirwan has high hopes for Brave Blossoms after team's win over Italy
All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan said Sunday that watching Japan beat Italy 34-17 at a stadium that will host five Rugby World Cup games next year was "like a dream come true."
Japan Times
Rugby
Jun 7, 2018
Jamie Joseph announces Japan's lineup for test match against Italy in Oita
Japan coach Jamie Joseph on Thursday named his side for Saturday's test match against Italy at Oita Bank Dome.

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