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, ...

Defensive-minded Japan blows away Tonga

More Sports / Rugby Nov 19, 2017

Defensive-minded Japan blows away Tonga

Japan delivered its best performance under coach Jamie Joseph on Saturday. Going up against a side that qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the second-ranked team from Oceania behind Fiji, the Brave Blossoms blew away the Pacific islanders. Japan displayed some scintillating 15-man ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 4, 2017

Brave Blossoms to face Tonga in Toulouse

The Japan Rugby Football Union confirmed Wednesday that the Brave Blossoms will play Tonga on Nov. 18 at Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse, France. The union also confirmed the game the following week against France will now be played at the U Arena in Nanterre, ...

More Sports / Rugby Apr 19, 2016

Kobe appoints ex-Wallabies assistant McKay as new coach

Kobe Kobelco Steelers named former Wallabies and Tonga assistant Jim McKay as their new head coach on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Australian succeeds Allister Coetzee, who left to take over the Springboks. McKay will be the Steelers' fourth head coach in four years, and will begin ...

All Blacks score seven tries in rout

More Sports / Rugby Oct 10, 2015

All Blacks score seven tries in rout

New Zealand pulled away in the last half-hour to cruise to a 47-9 win over Tonga on Friday, but headed into the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals without a complete 80-minute performance in the pool stage. Tonga was only behind 14-6 and causing problems for the ...

Argentina beats Tonga to move closer to RWC quarters

More Sports / Rugby Oct 5, 2015

Argentina beats Tonga to move closer to RWC quarters

Argentina moved closer to a place in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals with flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez's 25 points in a comprehensive 45-16 win over Tonga in their Pool C match on Sunday. Argentina scored five tries to get a bonus point that should be enough ...