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Japan change fullback for South Africa quarter-final clash

18 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japan have made one injury-enforced change to the starting line-up for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa, bringing Ryohei Yamanaka in at fullback in place of William Tupou.

Scary to think how much Japan can grow, says captain Leitch

14 Oct 2019

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.

Leitch resumes captaincy for Japan's clash with Scotland

11 Oct 2019

TOKYO Japan's Michael Leitch has resumed the captaincy for Sunday's World Cup game against Scotland in Yokohama, a match coach Jamie Joseph has called the most important in his team's history.

We're not finished yet, say Japan after Ireland upset

28 Sep 2019

FUKUROI CITY, Japan Japan's players vowed to continue making headlines after their stunning 19-12 win over Ireland at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-We're not finished yet, say Japan after Ireland upset

28 Sep 2019

* Japanese players seek repeat upset (Updates with fan quotes)

Uruguay's former amateurs prove themselves on biggest stage

25 Sep 2019

KAMAISHI, Japan Uruguay were the only amateur side at the previous World Cup in England and lost all of their matches, but a raft of changes in the intervening years came to fruition on Wednesday as Los Tecos beat Fiji 30-27 for the biggest win in their history.

Fiji coach says kickers not to be blamed alone for Uruguay shock

25 Sep 2019

KAMAISHI, Japan Fiji head coach John McKee refused to single out his misfiring goalkickers after Uruguay stunned them 30-27 in a Rugby World Cup Pool D thriller in Kamaishi on Wednesday.

Rugby-Fiji coach says kickers not to be blamed alone for Uruguay shock

25 Sep 2019

KAMAISHI, Japan, Sept 25 Fiji head coach John McKee refused to single out his misfiring goalkickers after Uruguay stunned them 30-27 in a Rugby World Cup Pool D thriller in Kamaishi on Wednesday.

Tsunami-hit town gets ready to welcome the world

24 Sep 2019

TOKYO Fiji's clash with Uruguay on Wednesday may seem like just another Rugby World Cup group fixture, but for the people of Kamaishi, where the match will be played, it is an event packed with significance.

Japan's veteran maulers happy to die in their boots

02 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japan may have been seen as a leftfield choice to host the Rugby World Cup but if you want a sense of the country's long love affair with the game, you could do worse than to get along to Tokyo's Fuwaku club.

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