Hiroshi Ikezawa

For Hiroshi Ikezawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

South Africa pounds 14-man Italy to stay alive at Rugby World Cup

Rugby Oct 4, 2019

South Africa pounds 14-man Italy to stay alive at Rugby World Cup

South Africa fullback Cheslin Kolbe scored two tries to lead his team's seven-try attack and flyhalf Handre Pollard added 14 points on four conversions and two penalty goals as the Springboks trounced Italy 49-3 on Friday at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. South Africa (2-1) earned five ...

Fiji bounces back with rout of Georgia

Rugby Oct 3, 2019

Fiji bounces back with rout of Georgia

The Flying Fijians are back. Semi Radradra scored two tries and Levani Botia made five conversions, leading previously winless Fiji to a 45-10 rout of Georgia on Thursday in the World Cup Pool D action. Fiji, which earned four points for a win and a bonus ...

England easily dispatches tryless Tonga

Rugby Sep 22, 2019

England easily dispatches tryless Tonga

Manu Tuilagi scored two tries and captain Owen Farrell added 15 points on three conversions and another three penalty goals, leading England to a 35-3 triumph over Tonga in their Rugby World Cup Pool C match on Sunday at Sapporo Dome. England, which failed to ...

Australia staves off upset bid by Fiji

Rugby Sep 21, 2019

Australia staves off upset bid by Fiji

Hooker Tolu Latu scored two tries in the second half to help Australia escape a historic upset by Fiji and win 39-21 on Saturday in the teams' Rugby World Cup Pool D opener. The Wallabies, who have never lost to Fiji since 1954 in any ...

Kamaishi draws strength from traditional ties to rugby

Rugby Aug 2, 2019

Kamaishi draws strength from traditional ties to rugby

"Kamaishi has the rugby power." About 50 days before the opening day of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, banners can be seen everywhere on the main street in Kamaishi, one of 12 host cities for the event. Traditionally, Kamaishi has been known as a "rugby town" ...

Cheer song 'Daenzakura' unites players and fans

Rugby Jul 20, 2019

Cheer song 'Daenzakura' unites players and fans

Music and sports are completely different fields. There are many situations, however, where their paths cross. Often it's music and songs that help cheer up fans and teams and allow supporters to develop strong bonds with the players and each other. Singing "Take Me Out ...

Roger Barows wins Derby

More Sports / Horse Racing May 26, 2019

Roger Barows wins Derby

The first Japanese Derby of the Reiwa Era turned out to be a surprising one, even for the winning jockey. Roger Barows, the 12th favorite, came from behind in the final 500 meters to win the Japanese Derby on Sunday, clocking 2 minutes and 22.6 ...

Phoenix victorious in return

More Sports / Football May 4, 2019

Phoenix victorious in return

Taisuke Miyagawa needs some more time to make his comeback, but the Nihon University Phoenix have returned to college football. Junior quarterback Taiki Hayashi threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Junnosuke Kishizawa on the first play of a 42-0 rout of the Nippon ...