Andrew McKirdy

Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.

For Andrew McKirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

F. Marinos battle past V-Varen

/ May 19, 2018

F. Marinos battle past V-Varen

Yokohama F. Marinos hit V-Varen Nagasaki with a second-half blitz to head into the J. League's World Cup shutdown on a high with a 5-2 win on Saturday. V-Varen, playing their first-ever season in J1, twice took the lead at Nissan Stadium through goals from ...

Little time for Akira Nishino to choose World Cup squad

| May 16, 2018

Little time for Akira Nishino to choose World Cup squad

While coaches all around the globe are putting the finishing touches to their squads for the World Cup this week, Akira Nishino will be making his first selection as Japan manager. The Japan Football Association's decision to fire Vahid Halilhodzic last month and parachute Nishino ...

Sunwolves rout Reds for first win of season

May 12, 2018

Sunwolves rout Reds for first win of season

The Sunwolves picked up their first win of the Super Rugby season in barnstorming style with a 63-28 demolition of the Reds on Saturday. Fly-half Hayden Parker was perfect from seven penalty and five conversion attempts as the Sunwolves dominated their Australian opponents in their ...

Vahid Halilhodzic says firing was a 'shock'

Apr 27, 2018

Vahid Halilhodzic says firing was a 'shock'

Former national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic insisted Friday that he still had not "found out the truth" as to why he was fired two months before he was set to lead Japan at the World Cup. "This has been the most difficult time of my ...