Japan showing off new tricks ahead of World Cup

Rugby Jul 28, 2019

Japan showing off new tricks ahead of World Cup

by Rich Freeman

The tone for Japan's win over Fiji on Saturday was set as early as the third minute when match captain Pieter "Lappies" Labuschagne overruled the wishes of Yu Tamura and told his flyhalf to take the points on offer rather than kick for the ...

Eagles triumph in Top League opener

Rugby Sep 1, 2018

Eagles triumph in Top League opener

The Top League season kicked off Friday night with Canon beating Toshiba 26-20 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the Eagles' first win over the Brave Lupus in six attempts. Eleven points from the boot of Japan flyhalf Yu Tamura, including a drop goal 12 ...

Blues drop Sunwolves to 0-7

Rugby Apr 14, 2018

Blues drop Sunwolves to 0-7

by Andrew McKirdy

The Sunwolves let an early lead slip through their fingers to remain winless after seven games of the Super Rugby season after a 24-10 defeat to New Zealand's Blues on Saturday. The Sunwolves took control of the game at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground — ...

Japan settles for draw with France

More Sports / Rugby Nov 26, 2017

Japan settles for draw with France

Japan came within inches of a historic win over France on Saturday night as the Brave Blossoms drew 23-23 with Les Bleus at the brand new U Arena. A try by replacement prop Asaeli Ai Valu eight minutes from time gave Yu Tamura the chance ...

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

More Sports / Rugby Jul 2, 2016

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

The Waratahs hammered the Sunwolves 57-12 on Saturday in Mark Hammett's final game as coach in Japan and the Tokyo team's last home game of the season. Playing the same dazzling 15-man rugby that saw it put the Chiefs to the sword before the June ...

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

More Sports / Rugby Jun 12, 2016

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as it beat its oldest international opponent, Canada, 26-22 at test rugby's newest venue, BC Place. The Brave Blossoms were forced to play for 26 minutes with 14 men after Yoshiya Hosoda marked his international debut with a ...