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Japan

The Rugby Paper’s Team of the World Cup

Nick Cain finds room for only one All Black in his starting XV

6th November 2019

Probyn column: Momentous days for Japanese rugby but place in Six Nations is a non-starter

Reaching the quarter-finals at the World Cup shouldn't immediately open the door for Japan

24th October 2019

Jackson column: Rebirth of Hiroshima ignored by Rugby World Cup

Peter Jackson's view on Hiroshima being an ample setting for a Rugby World Cup match 74 years on from the devastation of a nuclear strike

24th October 2019

Cain column: Let’s hear it for World Cup’s little big men

Nick Cain fixes the spotlight on Japan's diminutive flyers after helping the Brave Blossoms to achieve a team first

23rd October 2019

Jackson column: Kamikaze man ‘Shiggy’ has made real impact

Peter Jackson charts role of Shigeru Konno as one of the forefathers of Japanese rugby

16th October 2019

Hagibis was a shock but Eddie did warn us says Jamie George

England hooker Jamie George on the team's move north away from Tokyo to avoid the effects of Typhoon Hagibis

15th October 2019

Probyn column: Crooked feed call has cost Scotland

Jeff Probyn examines Gregor Townsend's comments made about Japan's win against Samoa, a result aided by a call by referee Jaco Peyper

13th October 2019

Cain column: Bravo Japan… now give us World Cup for Tier 2

Nick Cain outlines why a World Cup exclusive to Tier 2 nations is needed in the wake of Japan's shock win over Ireland

2nd October 2019

Cain column: Japan gets its sense of proportion just right

Nick Cain looks at how Japan is embracing its role as host nation of the World Cup in its own unique way

25th September 2019

Cain column: Japan needs sumos who can play in the front row

Nick Cain questions whether have kept pace with the bulk and physicality of other Tier 2 nations

18th September 2019

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