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Rugby 21 Sep 2015 | 9:57 PM

History makers Japan ready to write Scotland chapter

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.

Rugby 17 Sep 2015 | 11:57 PM

Wary South Africa unsure of Japanese threat

EASTBOURNE, England (Reuters) - A wary South Africa are unsure of what lies in wait for them when they take on Japan but are conscious of the need for a bright start in their opening Rugby World Cup game in Brighton on Saturday.

Rugby 04 Sep 2015 | 11:32 AM

Future hosts Japan eye long-awaited World Cup win

(Reuters) - In Japan, things tend to move at a frustratingly slow pace when it comes to rugby.

Rugby 31 Aug 2015 | 4:57 PM

Jones names only two scrumhalves in Japan World Cup squad

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan coach Eddie Jones has opted for only two recognised scrumhalves in his versatile 31-man squad for the rugby World Cup.

Rugby 25 Jun 2015 | 3:02 PM

Factbox - Waratahs v Highlanders - Super Rugby semi-final

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Factbox on Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final between New South Wales Waratahs (Australia) and Otago Highlanders (New Zealand):

Rugby 14 Oct 2014 | 6:03 PM

Injury cloud has silver lining for Japan coach Jones

(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.

Rugby 15 Jun 2014 | 1:42 PM

Laidlaw kicks Scotland to tight win over Canada

(Reuters) - Captain Greig Laidlaw kicked a late penalty to give Scotland a far from convincing 19-17 victory over 14-man Canada in Toronto.

Rugby 20 Mar 2014 | 10:37 AM

Super Rugby first as Japan test duo make Rebels squad

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.

Other Sport 12 Feb 2014 | 6:27 PM

Factbox - New Zealand Super Rugby teams

(Reuters) - Factbox on the five New Zealand teams in the southern hemisphere's Super Rugby competition:

Rugby 04 Nov 2013 | 2:32 PM

Analysis - Japan glimpses rays of hope in All Blacks defeat

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.