Kazuki Himeno turning into hero for Japan

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

Kazuki Himeno turning into hero for Japan

Kazuki Himeno may be playing in his first Rugby World Cup, but the young star has become a dominant force in Japan's campaign to reach the knockout stage for the first time. The 25-year-old contributed to the Brave Blossoms' 38-19 victory over Samoa on Saturday ...

Jamie Joseph names Japan's 31-man squad for Rugby World Cup

Rugby Aug 29, 2019

Jamie Joseph names Japan's 31-man squad for Rugby World Cup

Japan coach Jamie Joseph promised the hosts would "give 150 percent" to hit their target of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals after naming his 31-man squad on Thursday. The Brave Blossoms will be at full strength when they face Russia in the tournament's opener ...

Sunwolves optimistic despite tough season

Rugby Jul 17, 2018

Sunwolves optimistic despite tough season

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Sunwolves entered their third season in Super Rugby with a lofty goal of finishing in the top five in the standings. However, the team had a league-worst 3-13 record in the 2018 campaign. Nonetheless, the players insisted that it was a meaningful season that would ...

Tony Brown shakes up lineup before Sunwolves' season finale

Rugby Jul 11, 2018

Tony Brown shakes up lineup before Sunwolves' season finale

Sunwolves stand-in head coach Tony Brown made five changes and two positional switches Wednesday as his side gets set for its final Super Rugby game of the 2018 season when it takes take on the Reds on Friday at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. "We want to ...

Brave Blossoms rout Georgia

Rugby Jun 23, 2018

Brave Blossoms rout Georgia

Japan stunned Georgia with a mature performance based on physicality in difficult conditions Saturday as it ran out a 28-0 winner at Toyota Stadium. In front of a small but vocal crowd of 14,776 at one of the 12 Rugby World Cup 2019 venues, and ...

Sunwolves trio take lessons from defeat

Rugby Feb 26, 2018

Sunwolves trio take lessons from defeat

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Sunwolves may have come up short in their 2018 season opener, but the contest provided valuable experience for the younger players making their Super Rugby debuts. On Saturday, a trio of young Sunwolves — scrum-half Yutaka Nagare, flanker Kazuki Himeno and center Ryoto Nakamura ...