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

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 ...

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

Rugby Dec 17, 2018

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

Despite unhappy memories of their previous meeting, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi welcomed the announcement Monday that the Springboks will play Japan on Sept. 6 at Kumagaya Rugby Ground as a warm-up game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But having spent the past few ...

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 ...