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

World Rugby confident JRFU strife won't impact World Cup

Rugby Jun 12, 2019

World Rugby confident JRFU strife won't impact World Cup

World Rugby bosses said Wednesday they are not concerned by the recent upheaval within the Japan Rugby Football Union and that it will not impact this year's World Cup. They also pledged to continue working with the JRFU after the tournament finishes on Nov. 2 ...

Final countdown begins for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Rugby / General Jun 12, 2019

Final countdown begins for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Japan on Wednesday marked 100 days to go until the start of this year's Rugby World Cup, with World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper saying, "The waiting is almost over." With 1.5 million of the 1.8 million tickets already sold and 500,000 overseas visitors now expected ...

Brave Blossoms call up 42 players to squad

Rugby Jun 3, 2019

Brave Blossoms call up 42 players to squad

Japan coach Jamie Joseph named 42 players Monday that will form the basis of the Brave Blossoms squad for this year's Rugby World Cup. Led by captain Michael Leitch, the squad — which contains just 12 players with previous World Cup experience — will hold ...

Veteran coaches worry about future of Japanese rugby

Rugby May 31, 2019

Veteran coaches worry about future of Japanese rugby

Two leading coaches believe the Japan Rugby Football Union does not understand just how much of an impact this year's Rugby World Cup will have and say the policies currently in place will see rugby here suffer greatly following the tournament. Jake White, who led ...

British stars expect Japan to be strong

Rugby | ADDING THE EXTRAS May 29, 2019

British stars expect Japan to be strong

With the 100-day-to-go milestone fast approaching, two well-known British rugby stars have said they think Japan will be one of the teams to watch out for at this year's Rugby World Cup. Welshman Sam Warburton, who led his side to the semifinals at the 2011 ...