Japan celebrate after beating South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Handout
Tim Noonan
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Opinion

Tim Noonan

Rugby World Cup: how a failed kamikaze pilot became the soul of the game in Japan and Asia

  • ‘Shiggy’ Konno survived WWII and went on to establish rugby union in Japan
  • Japan will host this year’s Rugby World Cup later this month

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Japan celebrate after beating South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Handout
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Tokkie Smith and his touring squad in South Africa. Photo: John D’Eathe
Tim Noonan
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Tim Noonan

How an enlightened rogue helped create the Hong Kong Sevens and bring world rugby into the light

  • A new book recounts the enormous debt Asian rugby owes to pioneer Tokkie Smith

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Tokkie Smith and his touring squad in South Africa. Photo: John D’Eathe
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