More Sports / Rugby 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 ...

More Sports / Rugby 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 ...

More Sports / Rugby May 3, 2017

Tatekawa returns to lead Japan against Hong Kong

Harumichi Tatekawa has recovered from injury and will lead Japan against Hong Kong in Round 3 of the Asia Rugby Championship, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday. With a number of national team players having made the trip to Argentina to bolster the injury-depleted ...

More Sports / Rugby Jan 16, 2017

Quirk, Tatekawa to captain Sunwolves

The Sunwolves announced Monday that Australian Ed Quirk and Japan international Harumichi Tatekawa will captain the side during the 2017 Super Rugby season. "Super Rugby is a grueling competition that tests all teams and a collaborative leadership group both on and off the field will ...

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

More Sports / Rugby Jun 1, 2016

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

Harumichi Tatekawa will captain Japan when it plays Canada on June 11 in Vancouver, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday, after captain-elect Shota Horie withdrew from the tour party. Having named an initial 33-man squad on Monday, the JRFU has decided 10 players will ...