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Category: Japan rugby union team

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Japan 2019 might be the moment rugby union glimpsed a more fulfilling future | Robert Kitson

Can-do spirit and a receptive host country look to have opened new markets for what has been a virtually landlocked sportOn stage at the World Rugby awards ceremony on Sunday evening the extraordinary Siya Kolisi was asked what kind of public reaction …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: the story of the tournament in pictures and quotes

Click on each image for more information.In South Africa pressure is not having a job. It is one of your friends being murdered. Rugby shouldn’t be something that creates pressure. Continue reading…

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Rugby mania has swept through Japan. But will that end after the World Cup? | Justin McCurry

Japanese rugby authorities failed to build on the team’s success in 2015 but, as a groundbreaking home tournament draws to a close, there are signs the boom may not turn to bustThe shift in the rugby world’s axis was apparent in a suburban Tokyo park l…

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Joy and pride stirred by Japan is real value of this Rugby World Cup | Andy Bull

Aside from debates about legacy and resources this team have spread happiness when their country needed it the mostThe shrine in Marunouchi is a little different to the 1500 or so others in Tokyo. It has the same trappings, an altar, a bell, paper lant…

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Joy and pride stirred by Japan is real value of this Rugby World Cup | Andy Bull

Aside from debates about legacy and resources this team have spread happiness when their country needed it the mostThe shrine in Marunouchi is a little different to the 1500 or so others in Tokyo. It has the same trappings, an altar, a bell, paper lant…

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‘Everyone’s a fan now’: Japan brims with pride after hosts exit World Cup | Justin McCurry

A captivating run to the quarter-finals could provide an enduring rugby legacy in JapanThe Japanese juggernaut finally came to a halt in the face of a South African roadblock on Sunday. The sequel to the Brighton miracle lacked the drama and romance of…

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Japan’s never-say-die spirit needs nurturing after Rugby World Cup | Andy Bull

Brave Blossoms showed all their fight against South Africa and now need more games against the world’s bestSo long then, and thank you, Japan. Bruises fade, bones heal, tears dry, and even the pain of this will give way, in time, to resounding pride at…

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Rugby World Cup: Wales edge France and South Africa beat Japan – video highlights

Wales booked their place in the semi-finals after they squeezed past a 14-man French side after Sébastien Vahaamahina was dismissed for an elbow in the second-half. They will face an South Africa side that dominated Japan in their quarter-final, defeat…

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South Africa to face Wales in semi-final after grinding down hosts Japan

• Springboks into last four of Rugby World Cup• Makazole Mapimpi scores two tries for visitorsThere was never a chance of 2015 repeating itself as South Africa shattered Japan’s dream to set up a semi-final with Wales next Sunday. The hosts played with…

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Japan v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!

Rugby World Cup updates as hosts tackle SpringboksRead our Japanese language MBM report of the game!Email your thoughts to Luke here or tweet him here 11.39am BST 13 min: Now the home crowd are on their feet. Fukuoka storms into space down the left win…

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Japan face test of mind and muscle against South Africa in quarter-final

World Cup has elevated the hosts but they are highly programmed and have struggled when tactics changeJapan have made this World Cup with their effervescence, verve and slickness, but to beat South Africa for the second successive tournament they will …

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No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull

The tournament has won millions of new fans in Japan and the onus is on the sport to keep them interested by providing a worthy spectacle in the quarter-finalsA storm blew into the sleepy little city of Oita on Friday morning. It brought thunder, light…

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No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull

The tournament has won millions of new fans in Japan and the onus is on the sport to keep them interested by providing a worthy spectacle in the quarter-finalsA storm blew into the sleepy little city of Oita on Friday morning. It brought thunder, light…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: where the quarter-finals will be won and lost | Ugo Monye

England sticking to strengths against Australia; Ireland need to find old form to beat New Zealand; Wales must stop France momentum; South Africa could end Japan’s adventureEddie Jones has picked a team with England’s Six Nations win in Dublin in mind….

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Japan forced into one change at fullback for South Africa clash

Ryohei Yamanaka in for injured William TupouCoach Jamie Joseph also makes three changes to benchJapan have made one injury-enforced change to the starting line-up for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa, bringing Ryohei Yamanaka…

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The Breakdown | Japan and All Blacks can profit from red alert in World Cup quarter-finals

Seven dismissals in 29 matches makes forecasting the last four hazardous but the teams who prefer to shift the ball than go to ground should benefit from tough stance on tacklesSince World Rugby saw red at the high-tolerance threshold of referees over …

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Japan’s speed and skill sets an example but Springboks threaten to smother them | Ben Ryan

Brave Blossoms’ slick style shows what is possible within existing laws – now World Rugby should clamp down on breakdown infringementsThe breathtaking match between the hosts Japan and Gregor Townsend’s Scotland was effectively a knockout game with a l…

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Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan

England, Ireland and Wales are among the throng pushing to challenge New Zealand as the World Cup enters crunch timeNormal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the qu…

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Scotland question World Rugby misconduct charges over Japan match

Scottish Rugby query whether action is ‘appropriate’Charges laid after comments about potential cancellationScottish Rugby have questioned whether misconduct charges levelled at them for their comments about the potential cancellation of their World Cu…