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LONDON (Reuters) - Japan will not feel intimidated in the slightest when they bid for another notable Rugby World Club scalp on Wednesday, following up their heroics against South Africa with a trip to Gloucester to tackle an exciting but inexperienced Scotland.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan coach Eddie Jones has opted for only two recognised scrumhalves in his versatile 31-man squad for the rugby World Cup.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Factbox on Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final between New South Wales Waratahs (Australia) and Otago Highlanders (New Zealand):
(Reuters) - Japan coach Eddie Jones will be without eight senior players for internationals against the Maori All Blacks, Georgia and Romania next month, but rather than cursing his luck he says it is "fantastic timing" with the 2015 World Cup looming.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Melbourne Rebels made a little bit of Super Rugby history on Thursday when they named hooker Shota Horie and his fellow Japan international Male Sau in their matchday 23 for Friday's clash with the New South Wales Waratahs.
TOKYO (Reuters) - For New Zealand, their comfortable win over Japan on Saturday will become a mere statistic in their fabled history, even if some will deride the All Blacks for not choosing stiffer competition to warm up for their European tour.