More Sports / Rugby Mar 18, 2015

Jones says major shake-up needed in Japanese rugby

Brave Blossoms coach Eddie Jones said Wednesday that Japan's rugby resources were spread too thin and there needed to be a major shake-up in the way the game is run here. Talking after Junior Japan (in essence Japan's under 20s) went down to their third ...

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

More Sports / Rugby Nov 8, 2014

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

The Brave Blossoms learned Saturday what countless other international sides have discovered over the years — namely you cannot write a New Zealand side off till the fat lady truly sings. A try by Dan Pryor three minutes from time saw the Maori All Blacks ...

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

More Sports / Rugby Nov 1, 2014

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Eddie Jones' Brave Blossoms were handed a simple rugby lesson on Saturday as a Japan XV went down 61-21 to the Maori All Blacks at Noevir Stadium. Give the ball away in contact and miss your tackles against the big boys of world rugby and ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 20, 2014

Brave Blossoms expect tough test against Azzurri

Italy captain Quintin Geldenhuys may have said Friday that the pitch at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was a "quick fast track," and that he was looking forward to an "open, running game" when the Azzurri take on Japan on Saturday, but Japan ...

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

More Sports / Rugby May 31, 2014

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

Youth and experience combined to hand Japan a record seventh straight test-match win Friday as the Brave Blossoms beat Samoa 33-14 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The youthful exuberance came in the form of Yoshikazu Fujita, who grabbed a first-half brace of tries, ...

More Sports / Rugby May 17, 2014

Japan closing in on Rugby World Cup qualification

Japan moved within one win of an automatic spot at next year's Rugby World Cup with a 62-5 drubbing of South Korea on Saturday. The victory — which saw Ayumu Goromaru surpass Keiji Hirose as Japan's all-time top points scorer — sees the Brave Blossoms ...

More Sports / Rugby Apr 26, 2014

Asia Pacific Dragons outclass Brave Blossoms

Japan got the hard physical game it wanted leading into it upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifiers, but it didn't get the result it was after as a Brave Blossoms XV went down 35-29 to Asia Pacific Dragons on Saturday. Pacific flair won out on a ...