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Category: Japan rugby union team

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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…

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Japan hang on to reach Rugby World Cup last eight and send Scotland out

• Hosts dazzle before being made to sweat by Scots’ recovery• Kenki Fukuoka scores two tries as Japan top Pool ANo side have lit up this Rugby World Cup more than Japan and here was another electrifying result for the sport as whole. For the first time…

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Japan v Scotland: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Live updates of crucial Pool A decider | Kick off: 11.45am BSTScotland v Japan to go ahead but Namibia v Canada called offAndy Bull: Japan ready to think big after hard years with JonesEmail lee.calvert.casual@theguardian.com | Tweet @bloodandmud 11.43…

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Rugby World Cup: Scotland v Japan match to go ahead

World Rugby rules crucial game can proceed in wake of typhoonWales v Uruguay and USA v Tonga on, Namibia v Canada offThe under-threat Rugby World Cup pool match between Scotland and Japan is to go ahead as scheduled on Sunday.Tournament organisers have…

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Brave Blossoms tackle typhoon Hagibis flood waters for training – video

Rugby World Cup hosts Japan braved high waters and a sodden pitch for their captain’s run at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday, as Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Honshu, Japan’s most populous island.The Brave Blossoms are scheduled to face Sco…

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Japan ready to think big after hard years keeping up with Eddie Jones

Former greats Daisuke Ohata and Toshiaki Hirose want this famous World Cup to change rugby’s fortunes in Japan for goodDaisuke Ohata is in a hurry. He blows in, fringe fluttering, suit flapping, his manager reeling behind him. “No, no, no,” he barks wh…

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Japan ready to think big after hard years keeping up with Eddie Jones

Former greats Daisuke Ohata and Toshiaki Hirose want this famous World Cup to change rugby’s fortunes in Japan for goodDaisuke Ohata is in a hurry. He blows in, fringe fluttering, suit flapping, his manager reeling behind him. “No, no, no,” he barks wh…

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Scottish Rugby boss calls for 24-hour delay to Japan match – video

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson has asked World Rugby to postpone the pivotal Pool A encounter against host nation Japan by 24 hours rather than risk cancelling it because of the approaching typhoon Hagibis. Scotland need to beat Japan …

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Revealed: Typhoon contingency plan was to move matches 14 miles away

• Yokohama’s back-up venue was the nearby Tokyo Stadium• Oita and Sapporo explored too late in wake of Typhoon HagibisWorld Rugby’s failure to properly prepare for Japan’s extreme weather can be revealed with World Cup organisers initially making plans…