Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

More Sports / Rugby Nov 17, 2016

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Sam Warburton resumes the captaincy and Leigh Halfpenny switches to the wing for Wales, which has made 10 changes to its team to play Japan in Cardiff on Saturday. Warburton moves to openside flanker and regains the captain's armband after Gethin Jenkins led the side ...

Hatakeyama makes debut in English Premiership

More Sports / Rugby Feb 13, 2016

Hatakeyama makes debut in English Premiership

Japan international Kensuke Hatakeyama came off the bench in the second half to make his debut in the English Premiership during the Newcastle Falcons' 26-14 win over the Leicester Tigers on Friday. The 30-year-old tighthead prop came on in the 65th minute and said he ...

Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

More Sports / Rugby Feb 11, 2016

Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

While his former Waseda University teammate Ayumu Goromaru is enjoying the tropical heat of Brisbane, Australia, Kensuke Hatakeyama is in slightly different surroundings. The 30-year-old Suntory Sungoliath tighthead prop is currently in the northeast of England on a short-term contract with the Newcastle Falcons and ...

Japan prop Hatakeyama signs short-term deal with Newcastle

More Sports / Rugby Jan 27, 2016

Japan prop Hatakeyama signs short-term deal with Newcastle

Japan and Suntory Sungoliath prop Kensuke Hatakeyama is heading to England to play for Newcastle Falcons on a short-term contract, it was announced Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who has played 72 times for the Brave Blossoms, recently turned down an offer to play for Japan's new ...