Brave Blossoms call up 42 players to squad

Rugby Jun 3, 2019

Brave Blossoms call up 42 players to squad

by Rich Freeman

Japan coach Jamie Joseph named 42 players Monday that will form the basis of the Brave Blossoms squad for this year's Rugby World Cup. Led by captain Michael Leitch, the squad — which contains just 12 players with previous World Cup experience — will hold ...

Rugby Dec 18, 2018

Brave Blossoms to face Fiji, Tonga in 2019 Pacific Nations Cup

Japan's preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup became a lot clearer Tuesday with the announcement that the Brave Blossoms will play in a revamped Pacific Nations Cup in July and August. Jamie Joseph's side will play two home games — against Fiji in Kamaishi, ...

More Sports / Rugby Aug 2, 2015

Japan makes changes for third-place playoff

The Japan side to play Tonga for third place in the Pacific Nations Cup shows five changes and one positional switch from the side that started the narrow loss to Fiji last Wednesday. Michael Leitch captains the side while vice captain Ayumu Goromaru is set ...

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

More Sports / Rugby Jul 27, 2015

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones overhauled his lineup on Monday for Wednesday's Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji at BMO Field. Michael Leitch will lead a team looking to upset the Flying Fijians with a place in the final still possible. The six sides have been placed ...

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

More Sports / Rugby Jul 25, 2015

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

The United States posted a confidence-boosting 23-18 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup on Friday. Less than three months before the same two teams clash at the World Cup, where they are in the same group, the U.S. survived late pressure to record ...

More Sports / Rugby Jul 19, 2015

Japan beats Canada in Pacific Nations Cup opener

Japan beat Canada 20-6 in its Pacific Nations Cup opener behind the goal kicking of captain Ayumu Goromaru on Saturday. Goromaru, filling in as skipper for Michael Leitch, had a personal haul of 15 points through five penalties. Yoshikazu Fujita scored the lone try by ...

More Sports / Rugby Feb 20, 2015

Pacific Nations Cup schedule released

Japan will open its Pacific Nations Cup campaign on July 18 against Canada in San Jose, California, the Japan Rugby Football Union and World Rugby said Friday. The Brave Blossoms will play the United States on July 24 in Sacramento in the same U.S. state, ...