Japan

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

November internationals round 1 review

The November Internationals Round 1 went as predicted with wins for the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks and the Wallabies, but these matches were more a celebration of rugby than the results.
3 November 2014

November internationals round 1 preview

There are only three games in the November Internationals 2014 Round 1 and only one of these is a test match. You could say it is the calm before the storm.
31 October 2014

The Honey Badger leaves for Japan

Western Force and Wallabies winger Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins has announced that he will leave the Western Force and Australian rugby at the end of the Super Rugby season and move to Japan.
5 July 2014

June Internationals Round 3 Preview

The June Internationals and Pacific Nations Cup are almost over for another year. The Southern Hemisphere teams still seem to hold the dominance with exception of an understrength Argentina team.
20 June 2014

Borthwick turned down Sarries deal

Steve Borthwick turned down one more year at Saracens to take up the "huge attraction" of coaching Japan alongside Eddie Jones.
28 May 2014

November Autumn Internationals Round 4 Preview

The November Autumn Rugby Internationals Round 4 features ten mouth-watering matches including the All Blacks vs Ireland match which is sure to see history made
22 November 2013

World Cup Tales - Canada with DTH Van Der Merwe

Canada are one of the stalwarts of World Cup rugby, being one of only three countries outside the Six Nations and The Rugby Championship powerhouses to feature in every tournament (alongside Japan and Romania) and have consistently proven themselves as one of the second tier's most combative of opponents.
26 January 2012

World Cup Tales - Japan with Luke Thompson

In a little under eight years time, the Rugby World Cup circus will pitch it's tents on unchartered territory.
23 January 2012

Rugby World Cup Match Preview - Canada vs Japan

Japan's long wait for a Rugby World Cup win continued after a comprehensive defeat by Tonga last Wednesday, and they are up against it again on Tuesday evening as they face a clued-up and confident Canada.
26 September 2011

Rugby World Cup Match Report - Tonga 31-18 Japan

Tonga proved too strong for an error-strewn Japan and recorded their first victory of Rugby World Cup 2011 with a solid 31-18 win on Wednesday night in Whangerai.
21 September 2011

Rugby World Cup Match Preview - Tonga vs Japan

For Tonga the tie with Japan is the last real chance the team has to gain a win in Pool A after the dissatisfaction of defeat to the Canucks and with France last up on October 1 in Wellington.
20 September 2011