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:

/ Jul 5, 2018

Japan's World Cup team: A not so spotless record

National team captain Makoto Hasebe revealed Thursday that it was the team's staff — not the players — who were responsible for leaving the dressing room spotless following Japan's World Cup defeat to Belgium on Monday. "The national team staff always make sure that the ...

Nishino to pass torch as manager

/ Jul 5, 2018

Nishino to pass torch as manager

National team manager Akira Nishino predicted Thursday that Japan will improve on its 2018 World Cup performance by reaching the quarterfinals in 2022, but he will not be around to lead the charge after the Japan Football Association announced it would not extend his ...

Fan excitement gaining momentum for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Jun 16, 2018

Fan excitement gaining momentum for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Rugby fans in Kobe believe excitement is growing ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup, with the national team's first-ever test match in the city on Saturday helping to turn up the volume. "I think little by little the atmosphere is building," 54-year-old Japan fan ...