Crowd out in force to watch Sunwolves play in Tokyo

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The Sunwolves failed to make it two Super Rugby wins on the trot when they went down to the Western Force. But the atmosphere at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was once again superb. Japanese rugby fans have one last chance to see their heroes in action - on July 2 when they play the Waratahs. But before that, the Brave Blossoms are in action - with games against Hong Kong on May 28 at Chichibunomiya and against Scotland on June 18 at Toyota Stadium and June 25 at Ajinomoto … [Read more...]

Super Rugby Launches in Japan


   On a beautifully crisp, cool, and sunny afternoon on February 27th, I, along with several friends and family had the pleasure of watching the Sunwolves play in their first home game in Tokyo. The Sunwolves are Japan’s first ever Super Rugby team and this is their inaugural  season.  And, while the cards are typically stacked against new franchise teams, the elements all conspired to make the day a memorable one for both fans and players. Playing against the highly ranked Lions … [Read more...]

Japan Formally Accepted in Super Rugby


Japan's entry into Super Rugby from 2016 is “a dream come true,” according to head coach Eddie Jones. Speaking from Tbilisi where the Brave Blossoms are preparing to take on Georgia on Sunday, Jones said “Winning the Super Rugby bid is a great vote of confidence from the SANZAR group and we are very appreciative of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa support.” Jones has long said that despite the huge improvements made in the Top League, Japanese players still struggled to bridge the … [Read more...]