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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 ...

All Blacks whip Brave Blossoms

Rugby Nov 3, 2018

All Blacks whip Brave Blossoms

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan scored five tries against the world champion All Blacks but still suffered a 69-31 defeat on Saturday. Japan went into the match at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium — the venue for the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup — having never beaten New ...

Japanese rugby history embedded in Hanazono

Rugby Oct 28, 2018

Japanese rugby history embedded in Hanazono

by Andrew McKirdy

Harumi Okuno pours another batch of octopus-filled batter into the round hollows of the hot griddle and looks out of the serving hatch toward the rugby stadium at the end of the street. "Even if people here didn't play rugby when they were kids, once ...

Japan's spirited rally falls short against World XV

Rugby Oct 26, 2018

Japan's spirited rally falls short against World XV

Japan staged a late comeback but came just short against the World XV on Friday night, losing 31-28 in a thrilling curtain raiser at the refurbished Hanazono Rugby Stadium. With the hooter having already sounded, the Brave Blossoms were camped inside the World XV 10-meter ...

Brave Blossoms name squad for autumn games

Rugby Oct 1, 2018

Brave Blossoms name squad for autumn games

by Rich Freeman

Japan coach Jamie Joseph named a 35-man squad Monday for the Brave Blossoms' autumn games that was more notable for who was not in the list than who was. Veterans Shota Horie and Harumichi Tatekawa, as well as up-and-coming star Takuya Yamasawa all failed to ...