More Sports / Rugby Oct 4, 2007

French example could aid Japan's goal

MONTPELLIER, France — The pool stages of the 2007 Rugby World Cup ended with Japan's farewell from the tournament. The occasion, nevertheless, was a good lesson for the Japanese union in its preparation toward a 2015 bid. French rugby supporters join in the fun before ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 1, 2007

Small nations make most of World Cup

PARIS — The IRB has invested a large chunk of its income from the previous Rugby World Cup in the development of Tier Two nations, and it seems the efforts have been paying off. While Japan surprised many with its die-hard attitude and entertaining style ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 22, 2007

Crushing defeat finishes Japan's hopes at World Cup

CARDIFF, Wales — Japan's dreams to win two games at the 2007 Rugby World Cup was shattered on Thursday at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, where the Brave Blossoms suffered a disheartening 72-18 loss to the Welsh hosts. Japan's Hirotoki Onozawa runs to score a try against ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 14, 2007

Japan impresses fans despite loss to Fiji

Japan narrowly lost a pulsating Rugby World Cup game 35-31 to Fiji at the Stade Municipal of Toulouse on Wednesday but the Brave Blossoms still earned a standing ovation from a thrilled crowd of some 35,000 spectators. "Today's game will be very important in the ...

More Sports / Rugby Aug 24, 2007

Wallabies receive strong support before departure

SYDNEY — The Australia national rugby union team's three-day training camp concluded on Wednesday with a public farewell function at Sydney's Town Hall, where a few hundred supporters alongside Prime Minister John Howard bade farewell to the Wallabies before their departure for the 2007 ...

More Sports / Rugby Jul 16, 2007

Japan rugby players benefit from ATQ training

The 2007 Rugby World Cup might only be months away, but behind the scenes tier-two nations are already eyeing the quarterfinals four years from now. The first group of Japan's high-performance unit of six handpicked players is returning later this month from its total ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 12, 2007

Japan's PNC tour ends with loss

TOWNSVILLE, Australia — Townsville locals who supported the Brave Blossoms in their 2003 World Cup games cheered on Japan against Australia A in the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday night, but the Blossoms lost control of the game after the first 20 minutes and ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 9, 2007

Young talent to get chance in PNC 3rd round

TOWNSVILLE, Australia — A radically reorganized Japan team will face Australia A in the third round of the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. Full back Go Aruga practices with the Brave Blossoms after arriving from Japan to replace the injured Goshi Tachikawa. ZILIA PAPP PHOTO Sixty-five ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 3, 2007

Japan edges Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup

COFFS HARBOUR, Australia — In a tight and physical game, Japan beat Tonga 20-17 in the country's second-round affair in the Pacific Nations Cup. It seems that Japan coach John Kirwan's strategy development from last week's game and forwards coach Chris Gibbs' game-management instructions left ...