Captain Michael Leitch saves day as Japan rallies past Russia

Rugby Nov 25, 2018

Captain Michael Leitch saves day as Japan rallies past Russia

Japan captain Michael Leitch saved his side's blushes Saturday as his second try of the game sealed a 32-27 win over Russia in an international friendly at Kingsholm Stadium. The 30-year-old flanker reacted the quickest to the bounce of the ball following a clever kick ...

All Blacks whip Brave Blossoms

Rugby Nov 3, 2018

All Blacks whip Brave Blossoms

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan scored five tries against the world champion All Blacks but still suffered a 69-31 defeat on Saturday. Japan went into the match at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium — the venue for the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup — having never beaten New ...

Rugby Nov 1, 2018

Toshiba mulls sale of Top League team after 2019 World Cup

Toshiba Corp. is considering selling its famed rugby team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan as part of business streamlining, company sources said Thursday. The electronics manufacturer sponsors the Brave Lupus, a five-time Japan Rugby Top League champion whose players include Japan captain ...

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 await showdown with physical Georgians

Rugby Jun 22, 2018

Brave Blossoms await showdown with physical Georgians

Japan captain Michael Leitch said Friday the Brave Blossoms would need to match Georgia's physicality if they are to come away from their final test of the season with a win. "We will always play our fast game but defensively we have to match them. ...

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 ...