Japan

Willie le Roux to head Japan post 2019 World Cup

Toyota Verblitz have confirmed that South Africa international Willie le Roux will join the Japanese club at the end of the World Cup scheduled later this year.
5 March 2019

Rugby Rumours: Crotty follows Read, Smith to Quins, Bath's incoming props, Rugby's top earners

Crotty follows Read, Smith to Quins, Bath's incoming props, Rugby's top earners
11 January 2019

Who is in your England XV for the 2019 World Cup?

The last World Cup in 2015 was one of the darkest times in England's recent history, but this September, they head to Japan with cautious optimism after an encouraging Autumn. Joe Harvey selects his starting XV for this year's tournament....
8 January 2019

Japan will be targetting Scotland in World Cup - Eddie Jones

England coach Eddie Jones believes Japan will be targetting Scotland in the upcoming edition of the World Cup with a hope to make it to the quarter-finals.
2 January 2019

Rugby Rumours: Top14 for Creevy, Read in Japan, Daly to Sarries and Jones on the fence

Top14 for Creevy, Read in Japan, Daly to Sarries and Jones on the fence
21 December 2018

Japan resort prepares map of 'Tattoo OK' facilities ahead of Rugby World Cup

A famous hot spa resort is offering an online map showing "onsen" spots such as spa, beach, gym and hundreds of facilities opening the doors to visitors who have tattoos ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.
19 December 2018

England overcome Japan with 35-15 win at Twickenham Stadium

England successfully overcame first half brilliance from Japan as they went on to win their autumn international encounter with a 35-15 at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
17 November 2018

Joe Cokanasiga to make debut as England make 11 changes for clash against Japan

England coach Eddie Jones has made 11 changes for the autumn international clash against Japan at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
15 November 2018

England should try some new combinations versus Japan

During the build up to England's third Autumn international, the main stream media have reported that a full strength England team will be selected with a view to powering Japan out of the game. After all a win is the most important outcome; or is it
14 November 2018

England's George Kruis to miss Tests against Japan and Australia with calf injury

Saracens lock George Kruis will miss England's final two autumn international campaign against Japan and Australia following a calf injury.
14 November 2018

New Zealand dominate Japan with 31-69 win in Tokyo

New Zealand ran a 10-try riot as they went on to beat Japan 31-69 at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.
3 November 2018

New Zealand name eight debutants for Japan clash

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has named a total of eight debutants in the matchday 23 squad that will face Japan on Saturday in Tokyo.
1 November 2018

World XV edge out Japan 28-31 in Kyoto

A spirited second half fightback from Japan did not prove enough as they were edged out 28-31 by World XV in Kyoto on Friday.
27 October 2018

New Zealand name squad for end of the year tour

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has named a 32-man squad for the third and final Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia in Japan and the European tour to follow.
15 October 2018

Rugby Rumours: Kolisi targeted, Guirado's move, Bristol in for Vito and Mafi leaves Japan

Kolisi targeted, Guirado's move, Bristol in for Vito and Mafi leaves Japan
12 October 2018

Japan gearing up to host first Rugby World Cup in Asia

World Rugby's initiative to drive the game into Asia is gathering momentum as Japan is gearing itself to host the 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup.
10 October 2018

Scott Fardy opens up on aftermath of 2011 Tsunami as Japan gear up to host 2019 World Cup

In the third and final chapter of Dove Men+Care's Spirit of Rugby Series, we take a look at the resilience showed by the city of Kamaishi on its recovery from 2011 Tsunami in such a way that it is gearing to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
21 September 2018

Rugby players instructed to cover tattoos during 2019 World Cup in Japan

The 2019 World Cup organisers have instructed players and fans to cover their tattoos during the showpiece event to avoid causing offence.
21 September 2018

Jamie Joseph steps down as Sunwolves coach

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has confirmed that he will step down as in charge of Super Rugby club Sunwolves to focus on the 2019 World Cup.
21 September 2018

What can Rugby learn from the Football World Cup?

With our World Cup over a year away, it’s worth taking a look at what lessons the rugby union can learn from the recent football World Cup.
7 August 2018