Playing for the Love of the Game

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  With so much bad news coming out of Japan of late, it's good to be able to write something positive about rugby in the Land of the Rising Sun. A story that doesn't involve politics and bickering over a stadium or potential Super Rugby side. A story that simply deals with the love of the game. Chisato Yokoo is probably not what the average Japanese person would imagine when asked to think of an international rugby player. The 23-year-old is just 1.64 metres tall and weighs in … [Read more...]

Interview – Demi Sakata

Demi Sakata Inducted in Rugby Hall of Fame.
(C) Yoshihiro Demi Sakata

Yoshihiro “Demi” Sakata is a legend in Japanese rugby and is recognized inside and outside of Japan as his nation’s greatest players. His rugby bio is as impressive as they come. Rugby News Japan (RNJ) recently had an opportunity to talk with Sakata-san about his career highlights, observations as a player and a coach, and the state of rugby in Japan. RNJ: How did you get started in rugby and why did you choose it over other sports? Sakata: In junior high school I did Judo and the like, … [Read more...]

Where Are They Now – Pieter Ferreira‏

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  Who. Pieter Ferreira Club. Ricoh Black Rams What years in Japan. 2007-10 Why did you go. I got a call from my agent that a club needed a No. 8 ASAP. I was playing for the Lions (in South Africa) and just coming back from injury and I needed something to help me find my feet and give me some motivation. I had always wanted a few years overseas but had never thought about Japan. It all came about very quickly and was a great opportunity. Impressions of life in … [Read more...]

YC&AC’s Role as the Birthplace of Rugby in Japan


(Located in Yokohama and with a history dating back to 1868, YC&AC is recognized as Japan’s oldest athletic club and the direct source of several modern sports in Japan including cricket and rugby. This article is the second part of a two-part series. Part one will be posted in the near future.) In the concluding part of a two-part series investigating the multi-sport YC&AC’s earliest roots, Mike Galbraith spotlights the establishment of Yokohama Foot Ball Club in 1866. Of the … [Read more...]

Kamaishi Rugby

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Kamaishi, located along the northeastern coast of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, is arguably the country’s most famous rugby town.  With a population of just over 36,000, this Iwate Prefecture city lives and breathes rugby.  Kamaishi is also a strong candidate venue for Rugby World Cup 2019. Rugby News Japan (RNJ) recently had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Hiromitsu Nagata a sports writer, ex-highschool rugby player, current rugby expert, and supporter of Kamaishi rugby. Mr. Nagata has … [Read more...]

Japan Get Pep Talk Ahead of RWC

Eddie Jones Japan Rugby Coach

Japan coach Eddie Jones has already turned to mixed martial arts in his bid to turn the Brave Blossoms into a team capable of making the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup. And now he has turned to football as he looks to give his the X-factor that will enable them to qualify for the last eight from a pool that includes South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and the United States. Jones stayed on in Europe after Japan's recent two-test tour and visited the Bayern Munich club where he picked the … [Read more...]