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:

New Zealand torches Ireland to reach Rugby World Cup semifinals

Rugby Oct 19, 2019

New Zealand torches Ireland to reach Rugby World Cup semifinals

Two-time defending champion New Zealand cruised into a Rugby World Cup semifinal matchup against England after dismantling Ireland 46-14 on Saturday night. Ireland had beaten the All Blacks in two of their previous three encounters heading into their quarterfinal at Tokyo Stadium, but New Zealand ...

Japan has 'nothing to lose' ahead of quarterfinal clash

Rugby Oct 16, 2019

Japan has 'nothing to lose' ahead of quarterfinal clash

Japan's Rugby World Cup heroes on Wednesday vowed to go for broke in their historic quarterfinal against South Africa on Sunday, insisting the Brave Blossoms have "nothing to lose" after reaching the knockout round for the first time. "The goal for the Japan team was ...

Rugby World Cup fans express disappointment about canceled matches

Rugby Oct 11, 2019

Rugby World Cup fans express disappointment about canceled matches

Rugby World Cup fans on Friday expressed mixed feelings as they contemplated a weekend of canceled games due to Typhoon Hagibis, with ticket-holders praying that Japan's crucial match against Scotland on Sunday still goes ahead. Tournament organizers on Thursday called off two games originally scheduled ...