All posts tagged "rugby"
Features/ 1 month ago
[ODDS and EVENS] All Blacks Help Elevate Level of Japan Rugby League One
Current All Blacks Beauden Barrett and Aaron Smith will join the Toyota Verblitz after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, giving the...
Rugby/ 5 months ago
Japan Comes Close to Stunning Upset over New Zealand's All Blacks
A late try by the Brave Blossoms' Kazuki Himeno put the pressure on the three-time Rugby World Cup winners, who held...
Features/ 5 months ago
[ODDS and EVENS] For Sakura 15, Women's Rugby World Cup Represents Opportunity for Growth
Japan's national squad is making only its third tournament appearance this century. Therefore, each match is a vital part of its...
Features/ 9 months ago
[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Shohei Ohtani Chosen as an MLB All-Star for Second Straight Year
Among MLB’s most feared hitters and pitchers, Ohtani will appear in the July 19 game at DH ― and surprise no...
Brave Blossoms Falter in Second Half in Blowout Loss to France
Jamie Joseph’s team surrendered 29 points after the break against Les Bleus.
Features/ 9 months ago
[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Ryuzo Anzai Leaves Brex After Title-Winning Season
Anzai spent 15 seasons with the club as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He said the B.League team needs...
Rebuilding Tonga Through the Bonds that Built Japanese Rugby
An irreplaceable bond of 40 years was behind the charity rugby match to help Tonga recover from the devastating underwater earthquake.
Japan Begins Preparations for 2023 Rugby World Cup With Rout of Uruguay
Brave Blossoms coach Jamie Joseph used a combination of up-and-coming players and veterans in their first official match since November 2021.
Japan Rugby League One Closes First Season, Faces Challenge to Attract More Fans
“I think we were able to present a new image of rugby to the Japanese audience,” noted the new league’s executive...
Faf de Klerk Signs with Yokohama Canon Eagles
The 30-year-old scrum-half joins the growing list of prominent foreign players to join Japan Rugby League One squads.
A New World Rugby Tournament: Key to Unlocking Japan’s Potential
If the new tournament is realized, it could help push Japan's national team to strengthen dramatically, just as Argentina has evolved...
Features/ 10 months ago
[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Who Will Host the 2023 Asian Cup?
While China has pulled out as the host nation due to COVID-19, Japan is an option. “We were sounded out,” ーJFA...