Japan

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

Rugby Rumours: Crotty follows Read, Smith to Quins, Bath's incoming props, Rugby's top earners

Crotty follows Read, Smith to Quins, Bath's incoming props, Rugby's top earners
11 January 2019

Who is in your England XV for the 2019 World Cup?

The last World Cup in 2015 was one of the darkest times in England's recent history, but this September, they head to Japan with cautious optimism after an encouraging Autumn. Joe Harvey selects his starting XV for this year's tournament....
8 January 2019

Japan will be targetting Scotland in World Cup - Eddie Jones

England coach Eddie Jones believes Japan will be targetting Scotland in the upcoming edition of the World Cup with a hope to make it to the quarter-finals.
2 January 2019

Rugby Rumours: Top14 for Creevy, Read in Japan, Daly to Sarries and Jones on the fence

Top14 for Creevy, Read in Japan, Daly to Sarries and Jones on the fence
21 December 2018

Japan resort prepares map of 'Tattoo OK' facilities ahead of Rugby World Cup

A famous hot spa resort is offering an online map showing "onsen" spots such as spa, beach, gym and hundreds of facilities opening the doors to visitors who have tattoos ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.
19 December 2018

England overcome Japan with 35-15 win at Twickenham Stadium

England successfully overcame first half brilliance from Japan as they went on to win their autumn international encounter with a 35-15 at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
17 November 2018

Joe Cokanasiga to make debut as England make 11 changes for clash against Japan

England coach Eddie Jones has made 11 changes for the autumn international clash against Japan at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
15 November 2018