Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

Rugby Nov 21, 2019

Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

The Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday the Brave Blossoms will take part in a parade in Tokyo on Dec. 11 to express their appreciation to their fans following their successful Rugby World Cup campaign. The JRFU said it is coordinating with the 31 players ...

Johnny Wilkinson, Bryan Habana show kids how it is done

Rugby Oct 29, 2019

Johnny Wilkinson, Bryan Habana show kids how it is done

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has been electrified by inspirational performances of the Japan national team, which made the knockout stage for the first time at the quadrennial tournament. And the sport's global and domestic governing bodies hope that it will help encourage more children ...

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 ...