Japan

Georgia on our minds: 8 talking points for Scotland ahead of Tbilisi test and World Cup selection

For Scotland’s rugby players, the next few days are massive and Gary Heatly assesses the importance of their penultimate warm-up match against Georgia on Saturday evening.
30 August 2019

Japan confirm squad for World Cup

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has confirmed a 31-man squad for the upcoming World Cup on their home soil that kicks-off next month.
29 August 2019

Howe’s about that: Role model Pete Horne is pushing hard for his second World Cup

Pete Horne has been picked to start for Scotland this weekend against France - and it is certain that everyone at Howe of Fife’s Duffus Park will be cheering him on from afar.
23 August 2019

Japan win Pacific Nations Cup with 20-34 win over USA

Japan will head into the World Cup brimming with confidence after they went on to win the Pacific Nations Cup following their 20-34 win over USA at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
10 August 2019

George Ford: Warm-up games will challenge us in different ways

Having made his debut against Wales and faced Warren Gatland’s side during the disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign, George Ford is looking forward to facing England’s old rivals again on Sunday.
9 August 2019

England squad selection won’t 'swing' on Wales game

Neal Hatley has insisted England’s opening World Cup warm-up match against Wales will not have a major impact on squad selection.
8 August 2019

‘Outstanding’ Dombrandt impressing England coaches

John Mitchell admits Alex Dombrandt has been ‘quite outstanding’ during his time with the England squad as Eddie Jones’ side continue to prepare for the Rugby World Cup.
30 July 2019

Japan planning for launch of new pro rugby league - Katsuyuki Kiyomiya

Japan Rugby Football Union vice president Katsuyuki Kiyomiya said a plan to unveil a new professional rugby league is on track for the autumn of 2021.
29 July 2019

Japan kick-start World Cup preparations with 34-21 win over Fiji

Japan kick-started their preparations for the World Cup with a 34-21 win over Fiji in their opening game of the Pacific Nations Cup in Kamaishi.
28 July 2019

Introducing the 2019 Rugby World Cup ball

With the excitement continuing to build ahead of the Rugby World Cup, the competition will feature a ball like no other thanks to the innovative manufacturing technology used by Gilbert.
26 July 2019

Fiji name experience side for Japan clash

Fiji head coach John McKee has announced an experienced matchday squad for the upcoming clash against Japan to be played in Kamaishi on Saturday.
26 July 2019

‘Excellent’ Taylor continues to give Scotland a lift as World Cup edges closer

Scotland assistant coach Mike Blair has been heartened by the sight of key man Duncan Taylor being back in training with the national team squad over the summer.
25 July 2019

Upset against South Africa has helped excite fans - Onishi

Former Japan international Shotaro Onishi feels the Brave Blossoms’ historic result in 2015 has helped the continue growth of the sport in Japan ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup.
24 July 2019

Shane Williams: This is the strongest Welsh squad I have seen in my lifetime

As the build-up to the Rugby World Cup continues, Shane Williams chatted to Talking Rugby Union about his hopes for Wales and why Japan, as a country, are ready to create history.
23 July 2019

Will Genia and Quade Cooper to head Japan after World Cup

Australia and Melbourne Rebels duo Will Genia and Quade Cooper are set to move to after post the World Cup in Japan later this year.
11 July 2019

Marler’s return, family & being ready for a World Cup

Nearly 10 months after retiring from international rugby, Joe Marler has made the decision to step back onto the international stage.
5 July 2019

Jamie Bhatti's rugby journey is an inspirational tale as World Cup comes into view

As he continues the summer training sessions in Portugal’s Algarve region this week with Scotland’s extended World Cup training squad, you could forgive Jamie Bhatti for feeling like he has ‘made it’.
3 July 2019

Rugby Rumours: AWJ in the Prem, Genia to Japan, Scotland for Kwagga and Morgan moves on

AWJ in the Prem, Genia to Japan, Scotland for Kwagga and Morgan moves on
21 June 2019

Who could make a name for themselves at the 2019 World Cup?

In recent Rugby World Cups, there have been teams as well as players who have made a name for themselves in the competition and with less than 100 days to go until Japan, Angus Williams takes a look at who could shine this year.
20 June 2019

Willie le Roux to head Japan post 2019 World Cup

Toyota Verblitz have confirmed that South Africa international Willie le Roux will join the Japanese club at the end of the World Cup scheduled later this year.
5 March 2019