Kotaro Matsushima makes French Top 14 debut with Clermont

Rugby Sep 7, 2020

Kotaro Matsushima makes French Top 14 debut with Clermont

Kotaro Matsushima, who led Japan with five tries at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, made his official debut for French Top 14 side Clermont in a 33-30 win over reigning champion Toulouse on Sunday. The 27-year-old fullback roused his new home crowd in the early ...

Kotaro Matsushima to join French side Clermont

Rugby Jan 29, 2020

Kotaro Matsushima to join French side Clermont

Rugby World Cup star Kotaro Matsushima will join French side ASM Clermont Auvergne from July, the winger's Japan Top League club Suntory Sungoliath confirmed Tuesday. The 26-year-old will link with the club in the Top 14, the premier tier of French rugby, following the Top ...

Japan faces test in clash with Tonga

Rugby Aug 2, 2019

Japan faces test in clash with Tonga

Japan heads into Saturday's clash against Tonga knowing it will be more than a Pacific Nations Cup match, but a chance to test its strength and technique ahead of this autumn's Rugby World Cup. Among the three tests remaining for Japan in the run-up to ...

Japan showing off new tricks ahead of World Cup

Rugby Jul 28, 2019

Japan showing off new tricks ahead of World Cup

by Rich Freeman

The tone for Japan's win over Fiji on Saturday was set as early as the third minute when match captain Pieter "Lappies" Labuschagne overruled the wishes of Yu Tamura and told his flyhalf to take the points on offer rather than kick for the ...

Italy holds off Brave Blossoms

Rugby Jun 16, 2018

Italy holds off Brave Blossoms

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan fell just short of a second straight win over Italy despite a furious second-half fightback on Saturday in a 25-22 defeat to the Azzurri in the first rugby test match ever to be played in Kobe. Italy began the match looking for revenge after ...

Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph shuffles lineup for match against Lions

Rugby Mar 15, 2018

Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph shuffles lineup for match against Lions

Sunwolves coach Jamie Joseph named his team Thursday for this weekend's Super Rugby clash with the Lions at Johannesburg's Emirates Airlines Park. Scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare returns to the run-on XV on Saturday to lead a side that shows five changes and three positional switches from ...