Articles relating to Japan

Kirwan's selections queried

2011-10-29 10:21

All Blacks legend John Kirwan, due to quit as Japan coach, ha come under fire for his use of foreign-born players.


The land of the rising son has slowly but surely made progress with its rugby team, and will bring pace and dexterity to the World Cup.
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Jones tipped as Japan coach

2011-10-14 09:19

Australia's Eddie Jones has emerged as the likely successor to departing Japan coach John Kirwan, according to reports.

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Canada, Japan draw in Napier

2011-09-27 07:51

Canada and Japan have drawn their Rugby World Cup Pool A clash in Napier, the first draw of the tournament.

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Kirwan coy on Japan future

2011-09-27 11:54

Japan coach John Kirwan has admitted he could quit the team after seeing their bid for a first RWC win in 20 years fail.

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Japan bid to end RWC with win

2011-09-26 11:15

Japan will seek to break a 20-year RWC winless streak when they take on fellow Group A minnows, Canada, in Napier.


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Tonga too strong for Japan

2011-09-21 11:19

Tonga broke Japanese hearts and extended their record World Cup win drought with an action-packed victory in Pool A.

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Henry: All Blacks on track

2011-09-16 16:34

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has said the All Blacks World Cup campaign is back on track after their ruthless demolition of Japan.

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Japan make wholesale changes

2011-09-14 10:00

Only four players from the Japan team which put up a feisty performance against France survived sweeping changes by coach John Kirwan.

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Taira out of RWC

2011-09-21 09:52

Centre Koji Taira has become the fifth Japan player to withdraw from the Rugby World Cup because of a left hamstring injury.

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All Blacks humiliate Japan

2011-09-16 11:43

New Zealand have pummelled hapless Japan in a one-sided rout which brought back the horrors of World Cups past for Asia's top team.

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Tiesi, Holani out of World Cup

2011-09-11 17:42

Argentina centre Gonzalo Tiesi and Japan number eight Ryukoliniasi Holani have both been ruled out of the RWC with knee injuries.

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SBW, Kahui fuel wing debate

2011-09-16 19:12

The form of Richard Kahui and Sonny Bill Williams has given the All Blacks some selection headaches for the rest of the RWC.

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Kirwan eyeing Henry's job

2011-09-14 14:22

As Japan prepare to take on the All Blacks, coach John Kirwan contemplates what life would be like on the other side of the tunnel.

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France survive Japan scare

2011-09-10 09:44

France have survived a second half scare in their opening Rugby World Cup match against Japan at the North Harbour Stadium.


Featured Team

New Zealand

The All Blacks are a mighty force and this Rugby World Cup may well be the one where they shake the ghosts of past tournaments.


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Richie McCaw

All Black skipper and prodigious tackler, ball carrier and turnover specialist, Richie McCaw will look to lay the ghosts of previous World Cups to rest.


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Eden Park

Eden Park's history boasts some of the greatest sporting moments, including the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and 1992 Cricket World Cup.

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GALLERY: Welcome home boys! Awesome fan selfies with Proteas

South African cricket fans greeted the first group Proteas players and staff, including captain AB de Villiers and coach Russel Domingo when they landed at OR Tambo International Airport on Friday morning.

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Tank Lanning

Lessons learnt from RWC 2011

2011-10-26 16:45

A few vital life lessons from Tank Lanning's recent trip to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup quarter and semi-finals. Read More

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