12 Rehearsals Left Before RWC 2015‏

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Japan coach Eddie Jones likes to refer to the final training run before a match as a “game rehearsal” rather than the more traditional “captain's run.” So to use the coach's turn of phrase Japan have 12 dress rehearsals before they take on two-time world champions South Africa on Sept. 19 in their opening game of Rugby World Cup 2015. Jones started the new year with a press conference at Japan Rugby Football Union headquarters at which he named a 41-man provisional squad and announced the … [Read more...]

2015 Ideal Preparation for 2019

2015 Ideal Preparation for 2019

  Japan will host Rugby World Cup 2019 and they hope to do so as a team that is capable of getting to the quarterfinals and beyond. Based on past World Cup results that will be no easy feat, but recent results have seen the Brave Blossoms rise up the world rankings, and coach Eddie Jones has said that he believes his side can make the last eight in next year's tournament despite them being grouped with two-time champions South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and the United States. Japan … [Read more...]