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For Rich Freeman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Young players make new friends at YCAC rugby clinic

Rugby | ADDING THE EXTRAS Nov 1, 2018

Young players make new friends at YCAC rugby clinic

While the All Blacks and Wallabies were doing their bit to woo Japanese rugby fans at last weekend's Bledisloe Cup match at Nissan Stadium, another group of Antipodean rugby players were in Japan doing an equally important job. Children from Lindfield Rugby Club in Australia ...

Wallaby duo, S. Africa crew join World XV set to play Japan

Rugby Oct 10, 2018

Wallaby duo, S. Africa crew join World XV set to play Japan

The World XV to take on Japan on Oct. 26 at Osaka's Hanazono Rugby Stadium will be a star-studded affair, following the announcement Wednesday of a further nine players. Australians Ben Alexander and Sam Carter and a plethora of South Africans led by former Springboks ...

Japan's win over South Africa set to be turned into movie

Rugby Oct 4, 2018

Japan's win over South Africa set to be turned into movie

Japan's famous win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, regarded by many as one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time, will to be turned into a movie with an international all-star cast, the film's creator told Kyodo News. Award-winning Australian ...

Brave Blossoms name squad for autumn games

Rugby Oct 1, 2018

Brave Blossoms name squad for autumn games

Japan coach Jamie Joseph named a 35-man squad Monday for the Brave Blossoms' autumn games that was more notable for who was not in the list than who was. Veterans Shota Horie and Harumichi Tatekawa, as well as up-and-coming star Takuya Yamasawa all failed to ...

Kyushu set to play key role in RWC buildup

Rugby | ADDING THE EXTRAS Sep 27, 2018

Kyushu set to play key role in RWC buildup

A sense of familiarity, long-standing historical ties, and a look to the future have ensured the southern island of Kyushu will resemble Little Britain in the buildup to next year's Rugby World Cup. England, Scotland and Wales have announced they will be based in the ...