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

Top League returns with new format

/ Aug 17, 2017

Top League returns with new format

The new Japan Rugby Top League season kicks off Friday with five games being played across the country. Defending champion Suntory Sungoliath open their campaign against the Canon Eagles with fans, players and coaches alike forced to get used to yet another new format. This season, ...

Much work still to be done ahead of RWC 2019

/ Jun 28, 2017

Much work still to be done ahead of RWC 2019

As rehearsals go for Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan's three-test series in June and the nation's performance, both on and off the field, drew mixed reviews. On the playing front, the win over Romania and two defeats to Ireland left coach Jamie Joseph in no ...

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

/ Jun 9, 2017

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

Japan coach Jamie Joseph sprung a few surprises Thursday when he named his side for Saturday's test with Romania, the first of three test matches in successive weekends against European foes. The former New Zealand and Japan international opted to start a number of senior ...

Sunwolves welcome Super Rugby reshuffle

/ Apr 10, 2017

Sunwolves welcome Super Rugby reshuffle

The Sunwolves responded Monday to the reduction in the number of Super Rugby teams and their move to the Australian Conference, saying the reduced traveling and more favorable time zones will help the side both on and off the field. "We will continue competing in ...

Sunwolves taught harsh lesson in loss to Southern Kings

/ Mar 5, 2017

Sunwolves taught harsh lesson in loss to Southern Kings

The Sunwolves found out once again on Saturday that if you cannot finish what you start in Super Rugby, you get punished. Filo Tiatia's team created more than enough opportunities to beat the Southern Kings at Singapore National Stadium, but an inability to turn pressure ...