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Kensuke Iwabuchi named Japan's rugby sevens national team coach

May 22, 2018

Kensuke Iwabuchi named Japan's rugby sevens national team coach

Kensuke Iwabuchi, the director of high performance for the national sevens teams, was named new head coach for the men's side, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Monday. The 42-year-old Iwabuchi will take over the job from Damian Karauna, whose contract expires at the end ...

/ Jun 6, 2017

Brave Blossoms recall Ono for upcoming tests

Hitoshi Ono's hopes of playing 100 test matches were restored Tuesday when he was recalled to the Brave Blossoms for the June tests, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced. The 39-year-old lock, who has played 98 times for his country, was initially omitted from Jamie ...

/ Jan 27, 2017

JRFU announces venues for Brave Blossoms' June test matches

Japan's June tests against Romania and Ireland will be played at 2019 Rugby World Cup venues in Kumamoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday. Japan host Romania on June 10 at Kumamoto's Umakana-Yokana Stadium, which will be renamed Egao Kenko Stadium ...

/ Jan 12, 2017

JRFU hands Kobe's Nakajima a 10-match ban

Kobe Kobelco Steelers lock Vakauta Isileli Nakajima was handed a 10-match ban by the Japan Rugby Football Union on Thursday for a tip tackle during last weekend's Top League game against the Kubota Spears. The 27-year-old Tongan-born graduate of Ryutsu Keizai University upended Kim Ho-bum ...

/ Nov 10, 2016

Karauna named new Japan sevens coach

Japan sevens coaches Tomohiro Segawa and Keiko Asami have both stood down from their roles, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. Segawa, who led the Japan men's team to a fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympics, will be replaced by New Zealander Damian Karauna. "My ...

/ Oct 25, 2016

Hirao's death caused by bile duct cancer, family says

Rugby legend Seiji Hirao died of bile duct cancer, his family revealed in a statement through the Japan Rugby Football Union on Tuesday. Hirao's family said the former Japan captain and head coach passed away at 7:16 a.m. last Thursday at the age of 53, ...