Super Rugby's Rebels re-sign Japan international Mafi

/ Aug 9, 2017

Super Rugby's Rebels re-sign Japan international Mafi

Their Super Rugby future may be in doubt, but the Melbourne Rebels are certain they want Tonga-born Japan international Amanaki Mafi back for next season. The Rebels announced Wednesday that Mafi, who has played 16 tests for Japan, would return in the backrow. Mafi, 27, was ...

Ireland looking to break World Cup hoodoo

/ Jun 21, 2017

Ireland looking to break World Cup hoodoo

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The Ireland rugby team believes it deserves to be considered among the favorites to lift the 2019 World Cup in Japan and has little time for suggestions that the six-time quarterfinalist is jinxed in the competition. "We're ranked third in the world and we were ...

/ Jun 19, 2017

Brave Blossoms recall veteran Thompson

Lock Luke Thompson, a 36-year-old who retired from international duty after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has been recalled by Japan head coach Jamie Joseph for the Brave Blossoms' second test against Ireland on Saturday. Wing Akihito Yamada, back from injury, and flanker Shokei Kin ...

Ireland hammers Japan in test

/ Jun 17, 2017

Ireland hammers Japan in test

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Ireland handed Japan a harsh lesson with a 50-22 victory in the first of two test matches between the 2019 Rugby World Cup group rivals on Saturday. Japan went into the game at Ecopa Stadium looking to beat Ireland for the first time in eight ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Brave Blossoms make lineup changes for Ireland match

Japan heads into its first test with Ireland showing five changes and one positional switch from the team that started last week's 33-21 win over Romania. Head coach Jamie Joseph named his 23-man squad Thursday for Saturday's game at Shizuoka's Ecopa Stadium following a week ...

/ Jun 12, 2017

Tatekawa, Yamada ruled out of first test with Ireland

Japan has suffered a double injury blow with Kubota Spears center Harumichi Tatekawa and Panasonic Wild Knights wing Akihito Yamada dropping out of the national squad ahead of the two-test series with Ireland. Tatekawa, who is co-captain of the squad along with Panasonic hooker Shota ...

Japan holds off late Romania charge

/ Jun 10, 2017

Japan holds off late Romania charge

Japan's pace got the better of Romania's brawn on Saturday as the Brave Blossoms downed the Oaks 33-21 at a packed Egao Kenko Stadium. With Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka showing all their experience and Ryuji Noguchi and Jumpei Ogura highlighting the growing competitiveness of ...

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

/ Jun 9, 2017

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

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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 ...