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Rugby World Cup pool games for Brave Blossoms sell out

Rugby Jan 20, 2019

Rugby World Cup pool games for Brave Blossoms sell out

Tickets for all of host nation Japan's Rugby World Cup 2019 pool games have sold out following the start of sales on a first-come, first-served basis, organizers said Saturday. Sales of tickets for all 48 matches began online at 10 a.m. Japan Standard Time, with ...

Rugby World Cup organizers prepared for natural disasters

Rugby Jan 16, 2019

Rugby World Cup organizers prepared for natural disasters

With the final countdown to this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan well under way, organizers are focusing their efforts on contingency planning in the notoriously earthquake and typhoon-prone country, tournament director Alan Gilpin told AFP. On the pitch, Gilpin predicted the 2019 edition of ...

Japan hooker Shota Horie focused on rehab following foot surgery

Rugby Jan 10, 2019

Japan hooker Shota Horie focused on rehab following foot surgery

Japan hooker Shota Horie said Thursday he underwent surgery on his right foot in November to treat a stress fracture. Horie, who plays for the Top League's Panasonic Wild Knights, is expected to return to the field by this autumn's Rugby World Cup, having been ...

Rugby Dec 18, 2018

Brave Blossoms to face Fiji, Tonga in 2019 Pacific Nations Cup

Japan's preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup became a lot clearer Tuesday with the announcement that the Brave Blossoms will play in a revamped Pacific Nations Cup in July and August. Jamie Joseph's side will play two home games — against Fiji in Kamaishi, ...

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

Rugby Dec 17, 2018

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

by Rich Freeman

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 ...

Captain Michael Leitch saves day as Japan rallies past Russia

Rugby Nov 25, 2018

Captain Michael Leitch saves day as Japan rallies past Russia

Japan captain Michael Leitch saved his side's blushes Saturday as his second try of the game sealed a 32-27 win over Russia in an international friendly at Kingsholm Stadium. The 30-year-old flanker reacted the quickest to the bounce of the ball following a clever kick ...

Brave Blossoms aim to snap three-game losing streak

Rugby Nov 23, 2018

Brave Blossoms aim to snap three-game losing streak

Japan will be looking to end a three-game losing streak Saturday when they take on Russia at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium in a dress rehearsal of the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Following games against a World XV and two sides that have ...

Akihito Yamada returns to Japan lineup for clash with England

Rugby Nov 16, 2018

Akihito Yamada returns to Japan lineup for clash with England

Experienced winger Akihito Yamada returns to the Japan team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday as one of eight changes from the side beaten by New Zealand two weeks ago. The 33-year-old Yamada, one of the survivors of the 2015 World Cup upset win ...