TOKYO Attention to detail has been key to Japan's success so far at the Rugby World Cup, with coach Jamie Joseph preparing the players in camp since January and stressing the need for different game plans for each opponent.
TOKYO, Oct 16 With Japan reaching the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time fans are scrambling to get their hands on official merchandise but such is the popularity of Brave Blossoms jerseys that demand far outstrips supply.
YOKOHAMA, Japan Japan captain Michael Leitch said on Monday the potential for his side to grow is "scary" and that while the Rugby World Cup knockout stage will be a step into the unknown for the players they have the mental strength to deal with the pressure.
YOKOHAMA Scotland know they will certainly be the second most popular team in Yokohama Stadium on Sunday, should their match against Rugby World Cup hosts Japan go ahead.
TOKYO Scottish Rugby Union chief Mark Dodson said he is ready to launch a legal challenge to prevent World Cup organisers cancelling his country's game against Japan on Sunday - a measure that would almost certainly eliminate the Scots.
YOKOHAMA Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has reinstated scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw as his captain for their do-or-die World Cup Pool A clash with hosts Japan on Sunday, which might not go ahead due to an impending typhoon.
MIYAZAKI, Japan As "cool" sports such as surfing, skateboarding and climbing prepare to make their Olympic debut in Tokyo, the president of surfing's governing body has told Reuters that more traditional sports must adapt or face being dropped from the Games.
TOKYO Apart from the rainbow-coloured socks and pride flag flying next to the pitch it looked like any other rugby match, with players smashing into rucks, spinning passes wide and leaping at lineouts.
TOKYO Smaller nations will always struggle against the game's heavyweights unless they played them more regularly, Namibia coach Phil Davies said after his side's 71-9 mauling by world champions New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.
TOKYO, Oct 6 Smaller nations will always struggle against the game's heavyweights unless they played them more regularly, Namibia coach Phil Davies said after his side's 71-9 mauling by world champions New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.