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John Kirwan

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

Japan keen to bring quake victims hope with string of victories

Hitoshi Ono watches the news whenever he can. He is looking out for stories on Fukushima and the fallout from the nuclear crisis which has engulfed his country since last month's earthquake and tsunami.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Kirwan warns of 'messy' start from his men

Japan will be 'messy', according to head coach John Kirwan as the Asian juggernauts take the first step on their World Cup campaign against Hong Kong in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition tomorrow.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Japan players draw strength from tragedy

Japan began their World Cup campaign in earnest on Friday with the 40-strong squad gathered at a training camp in Miyazaki on southern Kyushu island giving comfort and hope to two players who lost their homes in last month's tsunami.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Going against the grain

Many New Zealanders might have rubbished the idea of the Bledisloe Cup being contested in Hong Kong, but former All Black wing John Kirwan is all for it, saying it is the right move as rugby seeks to raise its profile across Asia.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Kirwan on the lookout

Some would call it a spying mission, but Japan coach John Kirwan says his role is simply a 'watching brief' as he arrives next week to cast his eye over the opposition in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup Sevens Asian qualifiers later this year in Hong Kong.

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Light-hearted comments have a serious side

Rugby commentator Chris 'Buddha' Handy succinctly introduced All Black great John Kirwan as 'Auckland surf bum and butcher' at last Friday's sidesplitting Sevens Long Lunch.

27 Sep 1999 - 12:00am