For those interested in learning more about Japanese rugby history, culture, teams, and players, we recommend checking out JRugby Podcast.
Produced in English by Taito Sakurai and Lee Watkins, JRugby Podcast aims to give a historical and cultural context to rugby in Japan. The duo also interview active players and coaches and discuss current trends and issues affecting rugby in Japan.
To date JRugby Podcast has released three episodes:
Welcome to JRugby Podcast’s first rugby podcast – in this episode the crew introduce themselves and the various forms of Japanese rugby. They hope you listen regularly and learn a lot about Japanese rugby as we lead up to the 2019 World Cup.
- Personal introductions
- Goal of the podcast
- Introduction to the different types of tournaments in Japan
In episode 2 they talk exclusively with rugby historian, Mike Galbraith, about the history of Japanese rugby and its contested origins. They also wrap up this week’s most important Japanese rugby news.
- Wrap up latest news from Top League and Autumn test matches
- Interview with Mike Galbraith about the origins of Japanese rugby
- 1866 or 1899?
- History of Japanese rugby up until the present day
- Thoughts on the future of Japanese rugby
In this episode, they wrap up all the latest news from Japanese rugby and have an exclusive interview with Ian Ruxton, or The Laird of Kitakyushu. He talks about Kyushu rugby and his feelings on Japan’s chances at the next Rugby World Cup in 2019.
- Latest news from Top League
- The Laird of Kitakyushu talks about Kyushu rugby
- Kyushu Top League teams
- Kyushu High School Rugby
- World Rugby Youth Tournament in Kyushu
- Introduction to university rugby in Japan