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:

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 ...

Italy holds off Brave Blossoms

Jun 16, 2018

Italy holds off Brave Blossoms

Japan fell just short of a second straight win over Italy despite a furious second-half fightback on Saturday in a 25-22 defeat to the Azzurri in the first rugby test match ever to be played in Kobe. Italy began the match looking for revenge after ...

Nishino reveals 23-man squad for World Cup

May 31, 2018

Nishino reveals 23-man squad for World Cup

National team manager Akira Nishino named his 23-man squad for next month's World Cup in Russia on Thursday and targeted at least a draw from each of Japan's first-round games against Colombia, Senegal and Poland. "My biggest goal is for us to play in a ...