Japan

  • Kirwan relieved with draw

    Japan coach John Kirwan admitted his side "got out of jail" after snatching a dramatic injury-time draw in the World Cup clash with Canada.

  • Kirwan changes for final dash

    Japan coach John Kirwan has made two changes to his side for their final World Cup Pool B clash against Canada in Bordeaux on Tuesday

  • Kirwan reliant on impact

    Japan coach John Kirwan has indicated that he was looking to his bench to make an impact when the World Cup minnows met with Canada...

  • O’ Reilly back for Japan

    Philip O' Reilly will return on the openside-flank for Japan's final World Cup Pool B fixture against Canada on Tuesday.

  • Kirwan remains positive

    Despite the 72-18 defeat to Wales in Cardiff on Thursday, Japan coach John Kirwan believes his troops can take plenty of positives into their final...

  • Japan train their ears

    Japan coach John Kirwan has sought to improve player communication on the rugby field ahead of his team's Pool B clash with Wales at the...

  • Japan’s injury woes continue

    Japan's horror run with injuries continues, with scrum-half Yuki Yatomi ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with an injury to his left ankle.

  • Japan put Wales on high alert

    Japan have sent Wales an early warning following their brave Rugby World Cup showing against Fiji at the Municipal Stadium on Wednesday.

  • Kirwan demands big effort

    Japan coach John Kirwan has warned his men they will need to be on top of their game to come out victors against a strong-looking...

  • Japan lose Sasaki

    Japan's in-form flanker Takamichi Sasaki will miss the remainder of the Rugby World Cup. Sasaki, Japan's captain during Saturday's 91-3 drubbing to

  • Kirwan rings the changes

    Japan coach John Kirwan on Monday named a completely different starting XV to that which lost 91-3 to the Wallabies at the weekend.

  • Kirwan hails Japan effort

    Japan coach John Kirwan has taken positives from his side's demoralising 91-3 Rugby World Cup defeat to Australia in the opening Pool B match on...

  • Japan have nothing to lose

    Japan coach John Kirwan may have seen a number of his first-choice players ruled out by injury and eligibility rules, but the former New Zealand...

  • Kirwan puts faith in Rookie

    Japan coach John Kirwan has named rookie fly-half Kosei Ono in his starting line-up for the Rugby World Cup clash against Pool B giants Australia...

  • Japan change squad again

    Japan have been forced to make a third change to their squad for the World Cup after flyhalf Eiji Ando was ruled out.

  • Japan has Willie O’s backing

    Former Australia flanker/number eight Willie Ofahengaue, widely known as Willie O, predicts minnows Japan will make life difficult for the Wallabies in their Rugby World...

  • Kitagawa replaces Ohata in Japan RWC squad

    Japan beat Portugal in Treviso on Saturday but suffered a huge blow when the top try-scorer in the world, Daisuke Ohata again ruptured an Achilles.

  • World Cup setback for Ohata

    The world's top international try-scorer, Daisuke Ohata, will miss the World Cup next month after he was injured in a practice match, the Japan Rugby...

  • Japan forced to change hooker for World cup

    Japan's hooker Mitsugu Yamamoto has had to withdraw from the World Cup squad because of a hamstring injury suffered against the Asian Barbarians.

  • Kirwan names Japan’s RWC squad

    After Friday night's 69-10 victory over the Asian Barbarians, coach John Kirwan named the Japan squad of 30 players for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

  • Brave Blossoms bash Barbarians

    The heat and humidity of Tokyo's summer did not stop Japan from dishing out a hiding to the Asian Barbarians, winning 69-10 under the new...

  • Ohata set to make Japanese World Cup squad

    Japan's Rugby World Cup campaign got a boost Wednesday with the news that Daisuke Ohata is on track to make the trip to France. The...

  • Junior ABs thrash brave Japan

    Tane Tu'ipulotu and Stephen Brett scored tries early in the second half Sunday as New Zealand's Junior All Blacks defeated Japan 51-3 in the final...

  • PNC Preview: Japan v Junior All Blacks

    The Junior All Blacks made eight changes and one positional switch, while Japan suffered a series of injury setbacks as the two sides prepare to...

  • Preview – Japan v Samoa

    It isn't only the battle for the IRB Pacific Nations Cup title that catches the eye in the fourth round of fixtures; another interesting element...

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