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Category: Japan rugby union team

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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…

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In Japan they call it doryoku – but effort alone won’t beat South Africa | Andy Bull

The concept of hard work is a core part of Japanese sport even if it seems to be inspiration rather than perspiration that is firing Japan in this World CupLate one night, and lost, drunk, in the dairy aisle of a Tokyo convenience store, I spent five m…

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We fell short this time, but a USA World Cup could send rugby skywards | Will Hooley

Japan’s ascent shows the value of hosting the tournament, and the United States has the potential to do the sameFor some of us the 2019 World Cup is already over. From a USA perspective it was not the tournament we had hoped for. A last-ditch defeat ag…

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It is time to build on Japan’s success and start the Seven Nations | Ugo Monye

World Rugby is desperate to expand the sport and inviting the hosts into a long-established competition would do just thatI had a conversation with some Japan supporters a few days before the Scotland match and they asked me if I thought their team mig…

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Gregor Townsend keen on fresh start after Jekyll and Hyde World Cup | Andy Bull

Scotland coach refuses to make excuses for early implosion in Japan – but has he done enough to keep the job?Scotland lost well. In the first minutes after this painful defeat, Gregor Townsend and his players spoke frankly about how they had fallen sho…

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Japan and New Zealand have higher goals after showcase weekend | Robert Kitson

Hosts and World Cup favourites eye semi-final spots while England and Wales also have their tails up for the quarter-finalsFor many years one of the staples of family entertainment on television was the art of plate spinning. The most impressive exampl…

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Japan marks shining moment at Rugby World Cup in wake of Typhoon Hagibis

• Newspaper special editions rushed out in Tokyo after victory• Celebratory mood dampened by Typhoon Hagibis death tollJapan awoke on Monday morning, appropriately the Sports Day national holiday that commemorates the hosting of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics…

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Johnny Sexton urges Ireland to peak against All Blacks at Rugby World Cup

• Fly-half urges his side to produce top form in quarter-final• Bundee Aki faces disciplinary hearing after Samoa red cardJohnny Sexton has questioned the “strange” negativity around Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign, insisting Joe Schmidt’s men are r…

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Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up | Michael Aylwin

Ireland and Australia can upset the odds but Japan have probably gone as far as they canSaturday 8.15am, Oita, ITV1 Continue reading…

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Japan’s heroics have fans daring to dream at Rugby World Cup

Home crowd refused to stop believing in their side who showed resilience and provide hope in a difficult momentJapan’s sports teams have a knack of applying a balm at moments when the population is otherwise occupied by darker thoughts about their coun…

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Japan captain Michael Leitch says victory ‘was about more than just us’

• Typhoon victims uppermost in Japan team’s thoughts• Scotland admit hosts were superior after Rugby World Cup exitJapan’s captain, Michael Leitch, believes the host nation can still achieve more at this Rugby World Cup and provide some comfort for the…

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Japan show world their defiance and skill in face of typhoon destruction | Andy Bull

Brave Blossoms proved their ability in the most difficult circumstances with a ferocious performance against ScotlandIt was a short silence, scarcely a minute, but there was so much in it. All the swirling, clashing, contradictory emotions of a match u…

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Rugby World Cup: Japan defeat Scotland, Wales stutter against Uruguay – video highlights

Scotland are out of the Rugby World Cup after a stunning 28-21 win by hosts Japan in Yokohama booked a quarter-final against South Africa. Japan were 21-7 up at half-time and the Brave Blossoms sealed a bonus point soon after the break with their fourt…