Japan's spirited rally falls short against World XV

Rugby Oct 26, 2018

Japan's spirited rally falls short against World XV

Japan staged a late comeback but came just short against the World XV on Friday night, losing 31-28 in a thrilling curtain raiser at the refurbished Hanazono Rugby Stadium. With the hooter having already sounded, the Brave Blossoms were camped inside the World XV 10-meter ...

Rugby Oct 24, 2018

World XV squad set; Ma'a Nonu to start

Rugby World Cup winners Andy Ellis and Ma'a Nonu and former Springboks captain Adriaan Strauss will all start Friday's Japan Rugby Challenge Match 2018 against the Brave Blossoms at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, coach Robbie Deans said Wednesday. Kobe Kobelco Steelers scrumhalf Ellis returns as captain ...

Experimental Japan squad to take on Ellis-led World XV

More Sports / Rugby Oct 26, 2017

Experimental Japan squad to take on Ellis-led World XV

Jamie Joseph's Japan side faces its first test of the autumn Saturday when it takes on Robbie Deans' World XV in an uncapped game at Fukuoka's Level 5 Stadium. The Brave Blossoms meet a side that includes representatives from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, England, ...