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:

World champion Springboks hope victory will inspire nation

Rugby Nov 3, 2019

World champion Springboks hope victory will inspire nation

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus expressed hope that his team's victory in the Rugby World Cup final against England on Saturday can inspire his nation, but dismissed the notion that the Springboks were under pressure at the tournament. "In South Africa, pressure is not ...

Steve Hansen says World Cup pain will fuel All Blacks

Rugby Nov 2, 2019

Steve Hansen says World Cup pain will fuel All Blacks

Outgoing New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen warned the rest of the rugby world to expect a backlash from the dethroned Rugby World Cup champions over the next four years, after leading the All Blacks to a third-place finish on Friday night. New Zealand beat ...

New Zealand hammers Wales in bronze-medal match

Rugby Nov 1, 2019

New Zealand hammers Wales in bronze-medal match

New Zealand claimed third place at the Rugby World Cup with a 40-17 win over Wales on Friday night. The All Blacks were looking to win the tournament for the third time running and fourth overall this year in Japan, only to run into an ...

England coach Eddie Jones makes no changes for Rugby World Cup final

Rugby Oct 31, 2019

England coach Eddie Jones makes no changes for Rugby World Cup final

England head coach Eddie Jones has warned Rugby World Cup final opponent South Africa that his team is capable of improving on last week's semifinal destruction of two-time defending champion New Zealand when the two sides meet in Yokohama on Saturday. "We can definitely play ...

Springboks keeping eyes on prize ahead of RWC final

Rugby Oct 30, 2019

Springboks keeping eyes on prize ahead of RWC final

South Africa's Rugby World Cup players know how much lifting the trophy for a third time on Saturday would mean to their country — but they are looking no further than final opponent England. "I definitely think it will have a massive impact," Springboks lock ...