Japan stalwart Thompson departs international scene

Rugby Oct 23, 2019

Japan stalwart Thompson departs international scene

by Rich Freeman

In a world where stats abound, it's somewhat ironic that the favorite saying of one of the major reasons behind Japan's success on the international rugby field in recent years is "It's only a number, mate." Luke Thompson confirmed after last Sunday's Rugby World Cup ...

Collective unity behind Japan's remarkable run

Rugby Oct 14, 2019

Collective unity behind Japan's remarkable run

by Rich Freeman

The defining moment during Sunday's enthralling Rugby World Cup game between Japan and Scotland in Yokohama was not Kenki Fukuoka's superb second try. Nor was it any of the umpteen tackles put in by Luke Thompson or Ryoto Nakamura. It came 21 minutes into a ...

Rugby Feb 5, 2019

Ex-Brave Blossoms forward Luke Thompson joins Sunwolves

The Sunwolves on Tuesday announced the signing of former Japan international forward Luke Thompson for the upcoming Super Rugby season. Playing primarily as a lock and sometimes as a flanker, the New Zealand-born Thompson earned 64 caps for the Brave Blossoms following his international debut ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 19, 2017

Brave Blossoms recall veteran Thompson

Lock Luke Thompson, a 36-year-old who retired from international duty after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has been recalled by Japan head coach Jamie Joseph for the Brave Blossoms' second test against Ireland on Saturday. Wing Akihito Yamada, back from injury, and flanker Shokei Kin ...