World Cup Preview: Colombia v Japan

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As Colombia are set to take on Japan in the first game in Group H,  we take a look at the sides to see if we can expect any revenge from Japan after the Colombians beat them 4-1 at this stage in the last World Cup thanks to a James Rodriguez masterclass. Colombia v Japan Location: Mordovia Arena […] READ MORE


Wales Stumble Past Japan

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From Last Word on Rugby, Robert Rees Wales stumbled past Japan in Cardiff, 33-30 thanks to a last minute drop goal courtesy of Sam Davies, but the performance was very unsatisfactory. Howley and his men put on a display that most in the stadium would want to forget and hope not to see again soon. […] READ MORE



USWNT Japan Draw: Disappointed, But Learning Lessons For Olympics

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(Editorial) – In performance, it was a good start. In scoreline, it was a bad start. The United States Women’s National Team was down 2-0 after 22 minutes of play against the Japanese Women’s National Team at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Thursday night. “Being down 2-0 was the kind of adversity this team needed […] READ MORE



Japan Sign off with Victory over America

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Japan who have provided some great memories from this World Cup, especially in their win over South Africa in Brighton. However the Japanese knew ahead of tonight’s match that they would not be able to qualify for the quarter finals, after Scotland defeated Samoa yesterday. Japan nonetheless went about their task as they have done […] READ MORE


Absolute Flanker 22 September – Opening Weekend of the World Cup

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WELCOME TO ABSOLUTE FLANKER: A RUGGER’S SHOW Absolute Flanker is the Rugby radio show covering all things from around the world, from domestic and European club rugby to the Six Nations and the World Cup. Join Molly, Ryan and Rob every week on Last Word Radio. Also follow us on twitter at @LWOSFlanker and like our […] READ MORE


Errors cost Japan against Ruthless Scotland

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After the highs of Saturday’s win over South Africa Japan were brought down to earth with a bang as Scotland defeated the Cherry Blossoms 45-10 at Kingsholm Stadium Gloucester. Errors cost Japan against Ruthless Scotland Scotland started the brighter of the two sides and established an early 6-0 lead, learning from the mistakes of the […] READ MORE


Manu Still Big Part of World Cup

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For a nation that is renowned for it’s deep family ties and faith, it wasn’t surprising to see so many family and friends supporting Samoa in their victory over USA on Sunday. Amidst thousands of fans backing them to their first win of this year’s World Cup, the team’s nearest and dearest were there to […] READ MORE


What Is Wrong With The Springboks?

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The mighty Springboks lost to Japan. Let’s let that sink in for a second. Now that it has sunk in, the most obvious question is why? Japan, for all their industry and effort would battle to beat a decent Currie Cup side. In fact, if they played against the likes of the Golden Lions or […] READ MORE