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Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums

Brave Blossoms get taste of England

Rugby fans in England, particularly in the towns of Brighton and Warwick, could be forgiven for doing a double take over the next few days. The Rugby World Cup doesn’t ...

Brave Blossoms outplay S. Korea

Japan began the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship just as it left off the old Asian 5 Nations with a bonus-point win Saturday. But it was hardly a performance that will ...

Apr 15, 2015

Jones picks team for S. Korea clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones named his side Wednesday for Saturday’s game against South Korea, the first in the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship. Injuries and unavailability due to Super Rugby commitments saw Jones with just 26 players to choose from, meaning three players are in ...

Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to step down as JRFU president

Apr 6, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to step down as JRFU president

Yoshiro Mori, who recently revealed he has had surgery to treat lung cancer, said Monday he is considering resigning as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union but still intends to retain his post as chief of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. “I’ve ...

Japan falls short at Tokyo Sevens

Apr 5, 2015

Japan falls short at Tokyo Sevens

Japan failed to exploit its strong start to the Tokyo Sevens on Sunday, when it crashed out with two straight defeats in the seventh event of World Rugby’s Sevens World Series. England capped a strong weekend in Tokyo with its first cup win in ...

Fiji triumphs at Hong Kong Sevens

Mar 29, 2015

Fiji triumphs at Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji produced a trademark flair-filled display to beat holders New Zealand 33-19 and win the 40th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens in front of a packed celebratory crowd on Sunday. The Pacific Islanders’ brute force and extreme pace, coupled with eye-catching goose steps ...

Mar 18, 2015

Jones says major shake-up needed in Japanese rugby

Brave Blossoms coach Eddie Jones said Wednesday that Japan’s rugby resources were spread too thin and there needed to be a major shake-up in the way the game is run here. Talking after Junior Japan (in essence Japan’s under 20s) went down to their ...

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

Mar 16, 2015

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

France beat Italy 29-0 in a turgid, error-strewn match in the Six Nations on Sunday, with little at stake for either side apart from pride. Yoann Maestri scored the opening try at the start of the second half after a fantastic break from Scott ...

Mar 4, 2015

Rugby World Cup boss says Japan has much work to do

Rugby World Cup head Alan Gilpin has stressed the local organizing committee and the Japan Rugby Football Union need to make the most of the remaining four years to ensure the World Cup tournament is a success. “The next stage is to bed in ...

Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

Mar 3, 2015

Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, one of the Tohoku locales that was seriously damaged by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami four years ago, is among the 12 cities that will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup matches. On Monday, the host cities were decided in the ...

Mar 1, 2015

Wales keeps Six Nations dream alive

Wales kept its Six Nations hopes alive with a fourth straight victory over France as it triumphed 20-13 at the Stade de France on Saturday. It was Wales’ second successive win in Paris and means it is still in the mix for overall Six ...

Feb 28, 2015

Yamaha captures All-Japan crown

Yamaha Jubilo won the All-Japan Championship on Saturday, defeating Suntory Sungoliath 15-3 in the final. Jubilo dominated possession for long stretches with an unimaginative game plan, but were sure in their tackles when forced to defend. Sungoliath tried to counter with some creative play, ...