Contest Winners Announced!

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NOTICE: The names of the following three people were selected by a blind draw and have each won a custom Rugby News Japan jersey. Nobuo Hara Alex Telea Tetsuya Takagi In order to receive your jersey please send a message to the Rugby News Japan Facebook page with your address.  Rugby News Japan will pay for postage.   The contest details were as follows: Now's your chance to win a custom Japanese rugby jersey! Rugby News Japan and X-TREME RUGBY WEAR … [Read more...]

Chance to Win Custom Rugby Jerseys!

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Now's your chance to win a custom Japanese rugby jersey! Rugby News Japan and X-TREME RUGBY WEAR ( are sponsoring a contest to give away three custom rugby jerseys. Designed and produced by X-TREME RUGBY WEAR  the jerseys will be awarded by a blind sweepstakes draw. Anyone who would like to enter the contest simply has to "like" this post, and "like" the Rugby News Japan Facebook page. If you've "liked" both the page and the post, you'll be entered into the … [Read more...]

X-Treme Rugby Wear & Rugby News Japan Create Custom Japanese Rugby Jerseys


Rugby News Japan and X-TREME RUGBY WEAR ( have teamed up to offer some incredibly cool custom rugby jerseys to Japanese rugby fans. The jerseys are sponsored by both Rugby News Japan and X-TREME RUGBY WEAR and will be awarded as prizes in upcoming contests hosted on the Rugby News Japan website and Facebook page. The four unique designs were created and produced by X-Treme Rugby Wear in limited numbers, and are sure to become collector's items. Each contest will … [Read more...]

The Best Laid Plans….


  So o.k, I’ll be like the first to admit, I don’t really know that much, if anything at all, about rugby. Well, I have, as the “official” photographer of Rugby New Japan, figured out how to get “ringside” seats at some really cool events. But other than that, I don’t really know much, nor like my more famous colleague, have a thousand opinions on subjects ranging from headgear to, well, um, headgear. I do, though, have plenty opinions when it comes to proper planning, convenience, … [Read more...]

Krishnan Deserved Award

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When the Top League Best XV was named last week it contained the usual plethora of All Blacks, Springboks, Wallabies and Brave Blossoms. Yet this writer believes one other national team should have been represented. Malaysian Dinesvaran Krishnan had an outstanding second year for Yamaha Jubilo, and his form and durability were key in Katsuyuki Kiyomiya's team getting to the LIXIL Cup final. That's not to say that Andries Bekker and Shoji Ito didn't deserve to be named the best locks, … [Read more...]

What’s Holding Japan Rugby Back?

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Hold onto your hats because what I am about to say may shock a few. The reason Japanese rugby has been held back over the years – and yes I know the Brave Blossoms are at an all time high in the world rankings but lower down the chain things aren't as good – isn't totally the fault of the Japan Rugby Football Union. Yes that's right. The JRFU may have their problems but one of the fundamental problems with rugby and indeed all sports in Japan is actually out of their hands. For a … [Read more...]

Where’s the “Wa”?

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The Japan Rugby Football Union have over recent years adopted the phrase “All for one, one for all,” as their catchphrase. So often as it been used by former prime minister Yoshiro Mori, the union's president, that it has started to appear in other walks of life in Japan as a modern day version of the spirit of wa. The problem is actions speak louder than words and over the years the various bodies that run rugby in Japan have shown they are anything but united in their bid to promote … [Read more...]