Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

Rugby Mar 8, 2019

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

by Rich Freeman

A World Rugby news release late Wednesday night from Dublin may have appeased some parties concerned by plans for a new worldwide league, but many questions remain as to how Japan will be affected. The sport's governing body was attacked from all sides last week ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...