Sunwolves and Japan Top League attendance setting new standard

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The crowds in Japan currently, are setting high standards. Figures that make most Super Rugby sides shudder in jealousy have supported Sunwolves and Japan Top League attendance figures in 2020. That is conclusive, figures of 18,000 for the Sunwolves v Chiefs clash and some phenomenal numbers over the opening weeks of Japan Top League.  116,000 […] READ MORE


Massive year ahead for 16 Japan Top League clubs and players

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It is obvious that this will be a massive year ahead for the 16 Japan Top League clubs and players. That is due to there being multiple seasons squeezed within 12 months – how can it Not Be Bigger than your average Japan rugby calendar year. Bigger, why? Due to the Rugby World Cup obviously. […] READ MORE


Eddie Jones legacy defined by New Zealand win

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He always said “judge me on results”. Now, the Eddie Jones legacy will certainly be judged on results after defeating holders New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals. The final whistle goes and @EnglandRugby secure their place in Rugby World Cup Final after beating New Zealand 19-7#ENGvNZL #RWC2019 #WebbEllisCup pic.twitter.com/YheIOiMukW — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) […] READ MORE


Springboks smother Brave Blossoms in Tokyo

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An expectant crowd of mostly Japan supporters witnessed the Springboks smother the Brave Blossoms at the Tokyo Stadium on Sunday, October 20. Scorers: South Africa 26 – Tries: Makazole Mapimpi 2 and Faf de Klerk Conversion: Handre Pollard; Penalties: Handre Pollard 3 Japan 3 – Penalty: Yu Tamura Springboks smother Brave Blossoms Supporters of the […] READ MORE


Typhoon Hagibis sees World Rugby sides ‘duck for cover’

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Fans around the world are just seeing the velocity and extreme nature of Cyclone Hagibis, as it descends on the 2019 Rugby World Cup. It has seen teams wading through flooded water, and World Rugby ‘ducking’ for cover. Teams have found themselves at the mercy of the Typhoon; just as their fans and residents of […] READ MORE


RWC Match cancellations and delays right call from World Rugby

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Amid the RWC match cancellations that have just been announced by World Rugby, the decision to call off England vs France and New Zealand vs Italy but, to only delay Japan against Scotland is the right call. A press conference was called today in Tokyo, with UK media already speculating on the decisions. Now official, […] READ MORE


Reasons why Japan Brave Blossoms are RWC favorites

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Japan rugby may soon be the main rugby team fans will be talking about; aside from the Kiwis from New Zealand. Hugely popular, as well as being successful in their home-World Cup tournament. This boost in popularity came about after their victory over Samoa which recorded the biggest ever broadcast audience in Japan. World Rugby […] READ MORE


Japan Rugby World Cup set to go off with a Bang

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Japan will become the first tier-two nation to host a Rugby World Cup this year. After stunning the world in 2015 Jamie Joseph’s side will look to repeat the experience again but this time on home turf. Rounding off David Challis’ tier two preview series we look at the potential for the Japan side. For […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup news and team previews

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With the calendar page now showing September, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is now clearly in sight. Soon Rugby World Cup news will be front and center for this, and many other rugby websites globally. To consolidate our preparations, Last Word on Rugby brings you a full roundup of all the news, squad announcements, and […] READ MORE


Players to watch – Tier Two Nations at the Japan Rugby World Cup

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With the Japan Rugby World Cup less than a month away Robert Rees looks at the Tier Two nations’ players to see who you should keep an eye on. Here are the ten Tier Two players you must look out for. Rugby World Cup – The Key Men Embed from Getty Images Japan – Michael […] READ MORE