Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

Rugby Oct 2, 2019

Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

Japan defense coach Scott Hansen put aside reports that World Rugby has admitted the referee got three out of four offside calls wrong in the Brave Blossoms' 19-12 defeat of Ireland last weekend in Shizuoka, saying his team "were only looking forward." "Those looking back, ...

Japan's heroes looking to down Samoa's villains

Rugby Oct 2, 2019

Japan's heroes looking to down Samoa's villains

Much has been made of the Japan players singing along to "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys as a way of bonding, but a more appropriate song for coach Jamie Joseph to play for his team this week would be "Heroes" ...

Pressure increases on Rugby World Cup referees

Rugby Sep 25, 2019

Pressure increases on Rugby World Cup referees

Japan assistant coach Tony Brown weighed in on the latest referee controversy Wednesday when he asked reporters at the Brave Blossoms hotel if they had heard any feedback following the previous night's game between Samoa and Russia. On Tuesday, just hours after Rugby World Cup ...

Wales looks to put past behind as it faces Georgia

Rugby Sep 22, 2019

Wales looks to put past behind as it faces Georgia

Wales will look to put its rollercoaster start to the Rugby World Cup behind it Monday when it take on Georgia in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture. From the thrill of having 15,000 watch them train in Kitakyushu to the despair of seeing assistant coach Rob Howley ...

Whistle for RWC opener arrives in Japan after epic journey

Rugby Sep 12, 2019

Whistle for RWC opener arrives in Japan after epic journey

The whistle to be used by referee Nigel Owens when the Rugby World Cup kicks off on Sept. 20 in Tokyo arrived in Japan on Thursday following a roughly 20,000-km journey by bicycle and ferry from London. South African Ron Rutland and Hong Kong native ...