Japan ramps up Rugby World Cup prep

Rugby Jun 24, 2019

Japan ramps up Rugby World Cup prep

by Rich Freeman

The Brave Blossoms began the second stage of their pre-Rugby World Cup camp on Monday in Miyazaki with head coach Jamie Joseph saying Japan is at the stage where it's respected, but perhaps not feared. However the New Zealander told Kyodo News he is confident ...

Brave Blossoms call up 42 players to squad

Rugby Jun 3, 2019

Brave Blossoms call up 42 players to squad

by Rich Freeman

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

by Rich Freeman

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 ...

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

Rugby Mar 8, 2019

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

by Rich Freeman

A World Rugby news release late Wednesday night from Dublin may have appeased some parties concerned by plans for a new worldwide league, but many questions remain as to how Japan will be affected. The sport's governing body was attacked from all sides last week ...