Japan Rugby

Scots get mixed messages from beating Japan

Japan's Kenki Fukuoka, supported by Shotie Horie, Ayumi Goromaru and Kolinasi, is tackled by Scotland's Greig Laidlaw and Sean Maitland at Murrayfield. Photo: Reuters

Scotland’s interim head coach Scott Johnson was struggling to evaluate his side’s win over Japan as he looked ahead to the sterner tests that South Africa and Australia are sure to pose at Murrayfield on the next two weekends.

Friday, 28 February, 2014, 7:07pm

HK's World Cup dream 'not over'

Hong Kong will continue to play an important role in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, says HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory - despite the re-election of Bernard Lapasset as IRB chairman for a second four-year term.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lapasset vote win could hit HK's 2019 hosting hopes

Political manoeuvring inside the International Rugby Board - and suspected back-room deals by its chairman Bernard Lapasset - have strained relationships between the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and its Japanese counterpart - along with Hong Kong's hopes of hosting games of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Ballot loss could scupper World Cup hosting hopes

A broken 'gentleman's agreement' has strained relations between Hong Kong and Japan, and could jeopardise the former's bid to host a few games - or even a pool - of the 2019 Rugby World Cup after local boss Trevor Gregory lost his bid to become Asia's representative on the International Rugby Board.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

'Let's cement our place as Asia's No 2 side'

Forget Japan and let's cement our place as Asia's number two team, was the strident call from Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of performance, Dai Rees, a day after Hong Kong clinched their first runners-up spot at the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

HK climb to 32 in world rankings

Hong Kong have climbed five places in the world rankings to 32, as they prepare to test their new-found strength against Asian powerhouses Japan this weekend.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong face hard slog in Kazakhstan

A gruelling 13-hour journey to Almaty was just the beginning of the hard slog that awaits Hong Kong in their opening encounter in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition today.

New captain and outside centre Tom McColl knows they can expect no favours from Kazakhstan, who will be determined to make the trip back to Hong Kong even more painful for the visitors.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

World Cup-bound Japan will respect Five Nations

World-Cup bound Japan will field their strongest squad at this year's HSBC Asian Five Nations (A5N) tournament as they look to hone their game with a view to finishing in the top eight in New Zealand later this year.

20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Kazakhstan mauling opens the door for Hong Kong

Japan's runaway 101-7 victory against Kazakhstan in the HSBC Asian Five Nations yesterday has given Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees renewed hope that his team can finish second in the Top Five competition and keep alive their World Cup dreams by qualifying for the repechage play-off against Uruguay.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Gulf promoted to Asian Five Nations

Arabian Gulf earned promotion to the HSBC Asian Five Nations (A5N) for 2010 after an easy 44-24 victory over Taiwan in the First Division final in Dubai. The victory means the Gulf will keep alive their hopes of a berth at the 2011 World Cup as next year's A5N elite division competition will decide which Asian team get a direct entry to the showpiece in New Zealand.

13 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

One win will do us, say Lion City

They may have hosted a successful Formula One race, but when it comes to rugby Singapore are not on the fast track, and have lesser ambitions this weekend - win one game. 'We will be happy if we can beat Taiwan in our pool. I think Korea will be too strong for us,' said Singapore Rugby Union executive Ridzal Saat.

4 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

World Cup carrot a boost for professionalism

Hong Kong's move towards professionalism will gather momentum after they were handed a 'real chance' of qualifying for the 2011 World Cup.

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Gulf relegated after Kazakh hammering

Kazakhstan defeated the Arabian Gulf 57-26 to stay in the top flight. The Gulf will be relegated to Division One with the winners - teams include China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Singapore - being promoted. The Division One round-robin competition will be held in November in Taipei.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

Tunisia warm-up

The Hong Kong XVs side will play Tunisia in a home-and-away series in April in preparation for the inaugural Asian Five Nations Championship.

Hong Kong face Japan, South Korea, the Arabian Gulf and Kazakhstan in the April-May Asian tournament.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Asia's oldest tournament axed for being 'too unwieldy'

Someone up there has a superb sense of timing. The day after Asia's 'Mr Rugby', Shiggy Konno, passed away officials from 23 of the 24 unions in the region decided the Asian Rugby Football Tournament (ARFT) was no longer viable.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am