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

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

Rugby Mar 8, 2019

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

A World Rugby news release late Wednesday night from Dublin may have appeased some parties concerned by plans for a new worldwide league, but many questions remain as to how Japan will be affected. The sport's governing body was attacked from all sides last week ...

Sunwolves prove they belong in Super Rugby

Rugby Feb 24, 2019

Sunwolves prove they belong in Super Rugby

Facing calls for the team to be cut from the competition, the Sunwolves and their Tokyo faithful showed once again Saturday that Super Rugby would be poorer for their axing. Despite a heartbreaking 31-30 loss to the New South Wales Waratahs, the manner in which ...

Sunwolves looking for marked improvement against Waratahs

Rugby Feb 22, 2019

Sunwolves looking for marked improvement against Waratahs

The Sunwolves face the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday knowing they will need a marked improvement from their opening-round performance if they are to avoid the lopsided scores of previous encounters. The Australians come into the game at Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground averaging 61 ...

Sunwolves boss Yuji Watase hopes team will survive

Rugby Feb 19, 2019

Sunwolves boss Yuji Watase hopes team will survive

The Sunwolves' big loss to the Sharks on the opening weekend of this year's Super Rugby competition has seen the honing of already sharp knives, with increased calls for the team to be cut from the competition. But the team's CEO Yuji Watase is hopeful ...

World Cup ticket woes frustrate rugby fans

Rugby | ADDING THE EXTRAS Jan 31, 2019

World Cup ticket woes frustrate rugby fans

"There are three sides to every story, baby. There's yours, and mine and the cold, hard truth." While Eagles great Don Henley was singing about the "Long Way Home" back in 1982, he could quite as easily have been talking about the ticketing process for ...