Japan

Scotland to tour Japan in 2016

Vern Cotter will lead his Scotland side to Japan for a two-Test series with the Brave Blossoms next summer, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.
7 December 2015

Stormers insist Eddie Jones still committed to them

The odds on Eddie Jones becoming the next England head coach continue to tumble, but the Stormers are adamant their new boss will remain in Cape Town.
17 November 2015

Japan 2019 to kick off on September 20

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place on September 20 and the final on November 2, it was announced on Tuesday.
28 October 2015

Bristol appoint former England captain Steve Borthwick as forwards coach

Championship club Bristol have announced the appointment of former England captain Steve Borthwick as forwards coach.
14 October 2015

Tier 2 standouts set for stardom

The quarter-finals of Rugby World Cup 2015 are now set and although no Tier 2 sides were unable to escape from the pools, they have been the shining lights of the tournament so far.
12 October 2015

Japan finish off historic World Cup on a high

Japan becoming the first team in 28 years to win three pool stage matches and still fail to qualify from their group following a 28-18 victory over the USA.
11 October 2015

Scotland put Blossoms to the sword

Japan captured the hearts and minds of the rugby-following world last weekend with a momentous and historic 34-32 victory over South Africa.
23 September 2015

RWC Weekly Wrap

Welcome to a new regular feature at Talking Rugby Union where will take a look back at the good, the bad and the funny of the Rugby World Cup over the past week.
23 September 2015

Michael Leitch says Japan are more than a one-hit wonder

Japanese captain Michael Leitch has warned Scotland that the Brave Blossoms have no intention of being World Cup one-hit wonders.
22 September 2015

Vern Cotter taking no chances with Japan

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will put out a near first-choice line-up as he looks to avoid becoming the second side to slip up against World Cup shock troops Japan.
21 September 2015

Japan move above Scotland in WR rankings

Japan have moved above their next World Cup opponents Scotland in rugby union's official world rankings.
21 September 2015

Analysis of Japan's historic victory

The shockwaves of Japan’s 34-32 victory over South Africa on Saturday are still reverberating around the rugby world.
21 September 2015

Japan shock the rugby world

Japan stunned South Africa with a 34-32 win at Brighton in World Cup Pool B on Saturday.
20 September 2015

Japan look to overhaul experienced South Africa

Japan head coach Eddie Jones knows his side will assume the role of David when they take on one of rugby's true Goliaths in South Africa.
19 September 2015

Hogg excitable over Scotland's RWC opener against Japan

Stuart Hogg admits he has had to ask his veteran Scotland colleagues if he should tone down his playful high-jinks - before he gets on their nerves.
18 September 2015

Japan Rugby's tumultuous year

After 2014 turned out to be one of the most promising years in Japan’s burgeoning rugby adventure, 2015 has been a stark reminder of the challenges facing emerging rugby nations.
10 September 2015

Tier 2 Nations: Players to Watch

There will be no shortage of expectations hoisted upon the likes of Julian Savea, Duane Vermeulen and George North when the Rugby World Cup begins later this month.
8 September 2015

Japan announces stadium setback

World Rugby says it is "extremely disappointed" that Japan's new National Stadium will not be ready to host games at the 2019 World Cup.
17 July 2015

RWC 2019 stadiums announced

The stadium where David Beckham's penalty handed England a football World Cup victory over Argentina in 2002 heads the list of venues to host Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
3 March 2015

November internationals round 2 preview

In stark contrast to Round 1, there are ten games in the November Internationals 2014 Round 2 and if you get through this round with a 100 per cent record then as Fitzy used to say, "full credit".
6 November 2014