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

Japan names 40-man training squad for Rugby World Cup

May 9, 2018

Japan names 40-man training squad for Rugby World Cup

The Japan Rugby Football Union named a 40-man Rugby World Cup training squad Wednesday, the day after the nation marked 500 days to go until the tournament kicks off in Tokyo. Masahiro Kunda, director of the Japan national team, said in a press release the ...

Apr 25, 2018

Rugby Australia looking to deepen ties with Japan

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said Tuesday night she was looking to strengthen links with Japan not just for Rugby World Cup 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but well beyond. Speaking at an event organized by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce ...

Tepco hoping Rugby World Cup can help Fukushima

Dec 21, 2017

Tepco hoping Rugby World Cup can help Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is hoping the 2019 Rugby World Cup will provide an opportunity to revitalize the area around the disaster-stricken power station as evacuation orders continue to be lifted. "We have ...

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 ...