More Sports / Rugby Dec 31, 2015

Tanaka warns against complacency in Japanese rugby

Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has warned that banking on Japan's World Cup success will be a mistake. In a year-end interview, the 30-year-old Tanaka, who plays in the Top League for Panasonic Wild Knights and in Super Rugby for the Highlanders, said Japanese rugby is ...

Jones fears breakthrough could be wasted

More Sports / Rugby Sep 29, 2015

Jones fears breakthrough could be wasted

Japan coach Eddie Jones has fired a stunning broadside at the Asian nation's rugby board, accusing it of holding back the sport and casting doubt on its ability to build on the Brave Blossoms' breakthrough World Cup win over South Africa. Jones led Japan to ...

More Sports / Rugby Sep 2, 2015

Japan's Super Rubgy participation remains uncertain

Japan's participation in next season's Super Rugby competition is still by no means certain, Kyodo News learned Wednesday. This past weekend, Japan Rugby Football Union General Secretary Noriyuki Sakamoto dismissed concerns that Japan could raise a team for the 2016 competition when he told reporters ...

Sudden stadium shift leaves Rugby World Cup high and dry

National Jul 18, 2015

Sudden stadium shift leaves Rugby World Cup high and dry

World Rugby officials are seeking urgent talks with organizers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup following Friday's surprise announcement that Japan's proposed new National Stadium won't be ready in time for the tournament. The 80,000-seat stadium in Tokyo, which will also be the centerpiece of ...

Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to step down as JRFU president

More Sports / Rugby Apr 6, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to step down as JRFU president

Yoshiro Mori, who recently revealed he has had surgery to treat lung cancer, said Monday he is considering resigning as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union but still intends to retain his post as chief of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. "I've been ...

More Sports / Rugby Feb 9, 2015

JRFU chairman Yabe sketchy on Super Rugby details

Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Tatsuzo Yabe gave a few clues Monday as to how Japan's new Super Rugby team will be structured and hinted that Japan's participation could result in changes in how the sport is run domestically. But he stopped short of giving ...