Japan

Japan name 36-man squad to face British and Irish Lions

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has named a 36-man squad for the upcoming fixture against the British and Irish Lions to be played at Murrayfield Stadium.
24 May 2021

Michael Cheika joins Japan's Green Rockets as director of rugby

Japanese Top League club Green Rockets has announced the appointment of former Australia coach Michael Cheika as the new director of rugby.
20 May 2021

Murrayfield to welcome 16,500 spectators for British and Irish Lions' game against Japan

The British and Irish Lions' warm-up game against Japan to be played at Murrayfield Stadium on 26th June is set to see a return of 16,500 spectators.
20 May 2021

GB Sevens: Roques and Forrest’s notebooks full to bursting as big decisions edge closer

With both of Team GB's sevens teams playing their first tournament at St George’s Park over the weekend, Gary Heatly gathered some reaction from the coaches who will be leading their respective sides at the Tokyo Olympics.
18 May 2021

Japan to join Australia and South Africa in Scotland's autumn series fixtures

The Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed that Japan will be the third opponent in the autumn series fixtures of Scotland scheduled to be played in November this year.
13 May 2021

Ireland to host Japan and USA in summer

Ireland will be locking horns with Japan and the USA during their rescheduled summer fixtures that will be played in July.
12 May 2021

Alec Coombes Exclusive: “I went to the Hong Kong Sevens as a kid - now I want to play in the Olympics”

Preparations for the Olympics step up a notch this weekend as GB Sevens host an ‘International Rugby 7s’ tournament and Scotland's Alec Coombes will be one of many players looking to make an impression.
12 May 2021

Japan to play warm-up game ahead of clash against British and Irish Lions

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph insisted that they will be having a warm-up game domestically before heading to Murrayfield Stadium to take on British and Irish Lions on 26th June.
22 April 2021

TRU Talks: Hadleigh Parkes on Wales and life in Japan

With the dust beginning to settle on Wales' Six Nations campaign, Chris Heal is joined by Hadleigh Parkes to look back on the championships for Wayne Pivac's side + they discuss life in Japan.
23 March 2021

Jamie Farndale Exclusive: “It’s all I’ve thought about since missing out on Rio”

Setbacks in life can be hard to bounce back from, but they can also make you more determined and Jamie Farndale is hoping that is the case as he sets his sights on the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
3 March 2021

Start of Japan's Top League season delayed due to Covid-19

The start of Japan's Top League for the 2021 season has been delayed following an outbreak of Covid-19.
14 January 2021

Freddie Burns Exclusive: "I wouldn't say my Premiership career is over completely"

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the 2021 Top Challenge League season in Japan, TRU's Elizabeth Cartwright was able to chat to Freddie Burns about settling into life with the Shokki Shuttles.
13 January 2021

Eddie Jones gets his reunion but warns Japan will keep on improving ahead of 2023 Rugby World Cup

When England face Japan in the 2023 World Cup, it will be eight years since Eddie Jones guided the Brave Blossoms to the greatest shock in the tournament’s history.
14 December 2020

Warren Gatland urges Premiership Rugby to release players for British and Irish Lions' game against Japan

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has urged Premiership Rugby to release players for the game against Japan scheduled to be played on 26th June next year.
29 October 2020

Japan pull out of eight-team tournament - Reports

Japan have pulled out of the proposed eight-team tournament scheduled in the United Kingdom later this year following coronavirus restrictions.
28 August 2020

Fiji and Japan to join Six Nations teams for autumn series

Fiji and Japan will be part of the eight-team tournament in Europe along with the Six Nations sides scheduled at end of the year.
28 July 2020

Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw to join Japan's NTT Shining Arcs next year

Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is set to make his debut in the Japanese Top League next year after signed by NTT Shining Arcs.
6 July 2020

Japan 2019 most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever

Japan 2019 has been announced the most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever according to a report published by EY today.
24 June 2020

South Africa and Japan may join Six Nations sides in autumn series

World champions South Africa and Japan could join the Six Nations teams in the autumn series as Rugby Football Union considering various options to recover from the financial crisis created by the pandemic coronavirus.
6 June 2020

The JRFU | Pushing for Unified Rugby

The JRFU has reiterated the desire to see a unified rugby world. According to Chairman Kensure Iwabuch, the union is keen to see unity between the North & south.
4 June 2020