Japan

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

Rugby World Cup 2019 receives record number of volunteer applications in Japan

Japan Rugby has confirmed that they have received over 38,000 applications for the volunteer program for the upcoming edition of the World Cup next year.
23 July 2018

Dan Carter begins stint in Japan with Kobelco Steelers

All Blacks legend Dan Carter is set to kick-start his final phase of a glittering career as he has landed in Japan and started his training after signing a two-year deal with Kobelco Steelers.
17 July 2018

Duane Vermeulen joins Kubota Spears

South Africa international Duane Vermeulen is set to make his debut in the Japanese Top League after signing a deal with Kubota Spears ahead of the 2018/19 season.
28 June 2018

Japan blank Georgia 28-0 at Toyota Stadium

Japan came up with a dominating performance at Toyota Stadium on Saturday as they blanked out Georgia 28-0 in their final game of June internationals.
23 June 2018

Ireland secure spot in 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship with 39-33 win over Japan

Ireland managed to seal a place in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2019 as they edged out Japan in the 11th place play-off in Beziers on Sunday.
17 June 2018

Italy edge out Japan 22-25 to register their first win of 2018

Italy registered their first win of the year as they edged out Japan with a 22-25 margin at Noevir Stadium to level the two-game series 1-1.
16 June 2018

Japan ease past Italy with 34-17 win at Oita Stadium

A dominant second-half performance from Japan saw them beat Italy 34-17 at Oita Stadium on Saturday.
9 June 2018

Wales U20 overcome Japan to keep hope of fifth place finish alive

Wales managed to overcome a late try from Siosaia Fifita as they completed an 18-17 win over Japan in the World Rugby U20 Championship encounter at Perpignan.
8 June 2018

Former Australia international George Smith released from detention in Japan

Former Wallabies international George Smith has been released from detention in Japan after he was charged with allegedly assaulting a taxi driver while drunk.
19 January 2018

Sungoliath claim Top League title after beating Wild Knights 12-8

Suntory Sungoliath managed to edge out Panasonic Wild Knights 12-8 in the final at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Saturday to clinch the Top League title for the fifth time.
16 January 2018

Yu Tamura's missed conversion cost Japan historic win over France

Fly-half Yu Tamura missed a regulation conversion at the closing stage as Japan missed a golden chance to register their first ever win over France on Saturday.
27 November 2017

Rugby Rumours: Shark to Wasp, Carter moves East, Bristol entice Tiger and Moriarty a Dragon

Rugby Rumours: Shark to Wasp, Carter moves East, Bristol entice Tiger and Moriarty a Dragon
17 November 2017

Australia brush aside Japan challenge with 30-63 win

Australia came up with a dominant nine-try performance as they trounced Japan 30-63 in Yokohama to warm-up for their European tour.
4 November 2017

Schedule for 2019 World Cup unveiled

New Zealand will begin their title defence against South Africa as the fixtures for the 2019 World Cup to be played in Japan was unveiled on Thursday.
3 November 2017

Kiwi rugby player tackles cultural isolation in Japan

Having trouble in dealing cultural and language difference when you move to a new country? Here is a young Maori, who overcomes the hurdle in Japan using Rugby Union as the medium.
20 September 2017

Japan with work to do ahead of World Cup

World Cup hosts Japan are behind on preparations for the 2019 tournament according to World Rugby with two years to go untill the competition gets underway.
19 September 2017

Japan announces 'Two Years To Go Festival' schedule ahead of the 2019 World Cup

As the preparations for the 2019 World Cup is in full swing, the host country Japan has announced a 46-day tour of all host cities and Top League teams with the showpiece event two years away.
6 September 2017