Japan

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

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