Japan Rugby Football Union

Jones 'perfect' for Japan hotseat

John Kirwan has strongly endorsed former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones as the man to take over from him as coach of Japan.

Sunday, 23 October, 2011, 12:00am

Global title play-off 'on hold' until 2010

Hand-in-hand with the good news was some not so good - the International Rugby Board (IRB) has decided to shelve plans to hold a global championship play-off between the winners of the Tri Nations and the Six Nations until 2010.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

HK lined up for slice of World Cup

Japan vows to share if 2015 bid is successful

Japanese supremo Nobby Mashimo has promised Hong Kong will host a few group games if the 2015 World Cup is awarded to Japan by the International Rugby Board (IRB).

23 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

Japan to harness HK spotlight for 2011 bid

'It shows how much Asia is contributing and wants to contribute to world rugby'

Japan's push to host the 15-a-side World Cup in 2011 will gather pace next week with former Japanese prime minister Yoshihiro Mori leading the country's 'Asian Day' promotional campaign during Hong Kong's sevens showpiece.

12 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Japanese say 'show us the money'

'If it is a formal presentation, we have to talk about the financial implications'

The gauntlet has been thrown down by the Japan Rugby Football Union, which has challenged Hong Kong to back up its bold bid to hosting a preliminary round pool at the 2011 Rugby World Cup with a formal and financially viable proposal.

12 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Japan should disband foreign legion after World Cup exit

So Japan are out of the World Cup. The Asian champions were predictably beaten by Argentina in their final group game to bow out of the tournament with hardly any fuss. Japan have represented Asia at all four World Cups.

18 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Japan seeks regional support in joint bid for 2007 World Cup

Japan will consider putting forward an Asian bid to host the 2007 15-a-side Rugby World Cup, according to Zenzaburo Shirai, the country's top rugby official.

The enterprising bid could include Hong Kong and South Korea said Shirai, speaking in an exclusive interview with Sports Post.

3 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Pacific nations joining Pac Rim contest

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has given its blessing to an expanded seven-team Pacific Rim Championship next year.

The present home-and-away format - contested by Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States - will be extended to include Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in 1999.

17 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Doctor goes missing as territory left kicking their heels

Hong Kong's grand entry into the world of professional rugby had anything but a professional ring yesterday when a couple of incidents upon arrival in Tokyo underlined that 'amateur habits' will be hard to break.

First the territory's team doctor, Mike Fleming, went missing at Narita Airport soon after the Hong Kong team had landed late in the afternoon.

11 May 1996 - 12:00am