Rugby Aug 23, 2019

JRFU to dispense big bonuses for top-eight finish and above at RWC

Japan's players and staff are in for a nice payday if the Brave Blossoms advance to the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. Four years ago, Japan narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinals. If the Brave Blossoms manage ...

Brave Blossoms unveil new uniforms

Rugby Jul 4, 2019

Brave Blossoms unveil new uniforms

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan Rugby Football Union revealed the new jersey for its national team, which could help the Brave Blossoms achieve a feat at the upcoming Rugby World Cup on home soil, on Thursday. While the basic white and red design remained the same from the ...

Rugby Jul 3, 2019

JRFU asks teams to interview players following recent drug arrests

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Wednesday requested all teams in the country's Top League interview their players following the arrests last month of two Toyota Verblitz members on suspicion of possessing cocaine. At a meeting in Tokyo, the sport's governing body asked representatives from ...

Ex-Japan captain Shigetaka Mori selected as JRFU president

Rugby Jun 29, 2019

Ex-Japan captain Shigetaka Mori selected as JRFU president

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Saturday named former national team captain Shigetaka Mori the president of the sport's governing body with less than three months to go until the country hosts the Rugby World Cup. The 67-year-old Mori, a JRFU vice president, was selected ...

Veteran coaches worry about future of Japanese rugby

Rugby May 31, 2019

Veteran coaches worry about future of Japanese rugby

by Rich Freeman

Two leading coaches believe the Japan Rugby Football Union does not understand just how much of an impact this year's Rugby World Cup will have and say the policies currently in place will see rugby here suffer greatly following the tournament. Jake White, who led ...