'Blossoming' Kotaro Matsushima bags hat trick in win over Bristol

Rugby Dec 13, 2020

'Blossoming' Kotaro Matsushima bags hat trick in win over Bristol

Clermont coach Franck Azema praised "blossoming" Kotaro Matsushima after the Japan fullback scored a hat trick of tries as the Top 14 giant opened their European Champions Cup campaign with a 51-38 bonus-point win at Bristol on Saturday. Matsushima's tries took his season tally to ...

Clermont's Kotaro Matsushima scores first league tries

Rugby Oct 25, 2020

Clermont's Kotaro Matsushima scores first league tries

Brave Blossoms star Kotaro Matsushima scored his first tries in the French first-division on Saturday in Clermont's 50-29 victory over Pau. Starting on the right wing, Matsushima crossed twice in the second half at his home ground to help lift Clermont above Toulouse at the ...

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 ...

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 ...