Result: Japan 22 v 50 Ireland – 17/06/2017

Follow @RedefinedRugby Ireland made light work of Japan, putting up 50 points in their comfortable 50-22 win at Ecopa Stadium in Shizuoka. Keith Earls, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan all finished with braces for Joe Schmidt’s side, with Garry Ringrose the other try scorer for Ireland. Japan did score three tries of their own, but…

All Blacks and Japan Rugby confirm 2018 Test

Follow @RedefinedRugby The All Blacks will return to Japan in 2018 as part of the team’s build-up to Rugby World Cup 2019 it was announced today. New Zealand’s Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Bill English, who is on an official visit to Japan, made the announcement with officials from New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the…

7s World Series ~ Wellington ~ {Pool B: South American title winners force their way into Fiji team}

Follow @RedefinedRugby   Pool B: South American title winners force their way into Fiji team Fiji have named their squad for the next two rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series, with two debutants included on the roster. Five of the Fijian Barbarians team that won last weekend’s Sudamerica Rugby Sevens Series have been…

Fiji blitz Japan in France

Follow @RedefinedRugby Fiji scored five tries to beat Japan 38-25 at Stade de la Rabine in France on Saturday. Fiji finally got a win this series after taking heavy losses against the Barbarians and then England. The Pacific Islanders were ruthless in their pursuit of a win after scoring five tries with inside centre Botia…

Davies drop-goal saves Wales

Follow @RedefinedRugby A last-minute drop-goal from replacement fly-half Sam Davies helped save Welsh blushes on Saturday as they edged Japan 33-30 in Cardiff. It looked like the Brave Blossoms had snatched a draw when Yu Tamura converted Amanaki Lotoahea’s 74th minute try, but Wales went down the other end of the field, with Davies showing composure…

Preview: Wales v Japan

Follow @RedefinedRugby Wales will hope to build on last week’s win over Argentina when they clash with Japan at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Both these sides suffered poor first-up defeats in November but bounced back last week with wins over Argentina and Georgia respectively. Wales should now surely put this Brave Blossoms…

RESULT ~ Georgia 22 – 28 Japan

Follow @RedefinedRugby Japan returned to the victory trail when they claimed a hard-fought 28-22 win over Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday. As the scoreline suggests, this was a thrilling affair with both sides giving their all to secure the result and the lead changed hands on four occasions. Japan outscored their hosts by four tries…

Result : Japan 20 v 54 Argentina {5/11/16}

Follow @RedefinedRugby Argentina started their November Test campaign with an impressive 54-20 win over Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo. They led 21-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Matías Moroni and Nicolás Sánchez, with Sánchez kicking three penalties and a conversion. Yu Tamura’s two penalties had got the Brave Blossoms on the…

Preview: Japan v Argentina {5/11/16}

Follow @RedefinedRugby Argentina will be looking to start their end-of-year tour with a positive result when they face Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium. Despite some impressive performances in the Rugby Championship – away to New Zealand a standout – los Pumas could only manage one victory. That came against South Africa in Round 2…

Result : Japan 16 vs 21 Scotland {25th June 2016}

Follow @RedefinedRugby Scotland were made to work hard before securing a narrow 21-16 victory over Japan in Tokyo on Saturday. Just like last weekend’s first Test, Japan held the upper hand early on, and led 13-9 at the break but Scotland progressively got into their stride though and took control of the game and the…

Result : Japan 13 – 26 Scotland (18th June 2016)

Follow @RedefinedRugby   13 vs 26 Scotland came from behind to record a 26-13 victory over Japan in Saturday’s friendly in Tokyo. Japan had their eyes on revenge after losing to the Scots at last year’s Rugby World Cup, but it was ultimately a comfortable victory for the visitors, who put on a strong second-half performance.…

Preview: Japan v Scotland (18th June 2016)

Follow @RedefinedRugby   Scotland will face Japan, who are without inspirational captain Michael Leitch and World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru, in the first of two Tests in Tokyo on Saturday. Vern Cotter’s men head into this opening game knowing that the last time these two sides met Scotland got the win by 45-10 in the…