Confident Brave Blossoms set ambitious RWC target

Rugby Aug 16, 2019

Confident Brave Blossoms set ambitious RWC target

Winning the Pacific Nations Cup has given Japan every confidence that it is on the right track to achieve its goal of reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time. After big wins over Fiji and Tonga, Japan overpowered a dogged United ...

Brave Blossoms climb to No. 9 in world rankings

Rugby Aug 13, 2019

Brave Blossoms climb to No. 9 in world rankings

Japan climbed two spots in the world rankings to ninth, according to World Rugby's announcement on Monday, two days after clinching the Pacific Nations Cup with a 34-20 victory over the United States. With a little over a month to go until the 2019 Rugby ...

Japan beats United States to win Pacific Nations Cup

Rugby Aug 10, 2019

Japan beats United States to win Pacific Nations Cup

Captain Michael Leitch scored two tries as Japan beat the United States 34-20 on Saturday to claim the Pacific Nations Cup for the third time. Winger Kenki Fukuoka also scored a try, had a hand in Leitch's second — one of the best scored in ...

Japan faces U.S. in Pacific Nations Cup decider

Rugby Aug 9, 2019

Japan faces U.S. in Pacific Nations Cup decider

With the Rugby World Cup just six weeks away, Japan will look to put the finishing touches on its preparations for the global showpiece against the United States in the Pacific Nations Cup in Suva, Fiji, on Saturday. With both sides winning their first ...

Rugby Aug 3, 2019

U.S. edges Samoa in PNC clash

Flyhalf A.J. MacGinty kicked a penalty two minutes after the full time siren to give the United States a 13-10 win over Samoa Saturday which left it unbeaten after two rounds of the Pacific Nations Cup. MacGinty contributed all of the United States' points from ...

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 ...