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# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Rugby fans mob Japan's Brave Blossoms at victory parade

The hosts reached the quarter finals for the first time at this year’s World Cup.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 18 November, 2019

Joseph to take Japan to next Rugby World Cup, ruling out All Blacks role

The Kiwi led the Brave Blossoms to their first World Cup quarter-final last month.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 4 November, 2019

Sayonara, Japan! Curtain comes down on a memorable World Cup

The Brave Blossoms’ stunning exploits were a real highlight over the past seven weeks.

# brave-blossoms - Sunday 3 November, 2019

Farrell's Ireland to host Japan, Springboks and Wallabies in November 2020

The Brave Blossoms shocked Ireland at their home World Cup.

# brave-blossoms - Sunday 20 October, 2019

'We're a team of guys who aren't superstars' - Japan bow out with pride

Jamie Joseph’s team have won over neutrals from around the rugby world.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 14 October, 2019

'We're grateful for the opportunity to inspire Japan and we showed that'

Japan aren’t finished in this World Cup yet after setting up a quarter-final with the Springboks.

# brave-blossoms - Sunday 13 October, 2019

As it happened: Japan v Scotland, Rugby World Cup

This match will determine who Ireland are to face in the quarter-finals, so we’re going minute-by-minute.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 12 October, 2019

'When I want to go out, I want to have a coffee, but it's impossible'

Michael Leitch can’t leave Japan’s team hotel without being mobbed by autograph-hunting fans.

# brave-blossoms - Friday 11 October, 2019

Scottish legal talk 'undermines' Japan's World Cup run, fumes Joseph

The fall-out from the cancellation of games at the tournament continues.

# brave-blossoms - Thursday 3 October, 2019

Japan make three changes from Ireland win for showdown with Samoa

Michael Leitch returns for Saturday’s game but the captain’s armband is retained by Pieter Labuschagne.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 28 September, 2019

'We had been preparing for this game for a hell of a lot longer than the Irish had'

Japan lit up the World Cup with sensational display in Shizuoka.

'We got a 12-3 lead and we stopped playing to a degree': Schmidt laments penalty calls after shock in Shizuoka

Ireland conceded nine penalties, and Schmidt complained about four ‘tough’ offside calls.

# brave-blossoms - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Japan need 'best game of their lives' as captain Leitch dropped for Ireland clash

Head coach Jamie Joseph was surprised not to see Johnny Sexton’s name in Ireland’s squad.

# brave-blossoms - Thursday 29 August, 2019

'Key weapon' - Ireland's opponents Japan aim high at Rugby World Cup after naming squad

The hosts face Russia in the tournament’s opener on 20 September.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 12 August, 2019

Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA Movers And Shakers This post contains videos

Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA

Jamie Joseph’s side are in rude health.

# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland

‘Once we get out of (the pool) we’ve either got New Zealand or South Africa, and we’re not going to lay down for them either.’

# brave-blossoms - Friday 2 November, 2018

'If we are going to take the All Blacks down, then it is going to be tomorrow'

Japan’s New Zealand-born captain senses an opportunity against a weakened All Blacks team.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 16 June, 2018

'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory

Conor O’Shea’s men dominated the early stages and took a 19-3 lead before Japan were stirred into a reaction.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 26 June, 2017

Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan Full Flight This post contains videos

Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan

Not content with sealing a record for himself, the Limerick man assisted five tries for five different scorers.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 24 June, 2017

The big winners from Ireland's high-scoring summer tour

Ireland had some freedom to play in the US and Japan, but these men made the most of the chances.

# brave-blossoms - Friday 23 June, 2017

Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season

The finale of a lengthy international campaign is your early-morning appetiser.

# brave-blossoms - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

All the little affirmations paying off as Andrew Conway revels chance to wear Ireland jersey

The Munster wing says he was not consistent enough to earn international recognition before this year.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 17 June, 2017

Conan's Barbarian rugby, new kids impress and more talking points from Ireland's big win

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool looks even more manageable after this morning’s seven-try rout.

Keith Earls on fire again as Ireland run 7 past Japan

Joe Schmidt’s side hit the 50-point mark for the second week running thanks to big displays from Earls and Jack Conan.

As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour

We’re getting in a pre-breakfast helping of international rugby. There’s plenty for everyone.

# brave-blossoms - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Solidity all important as Ireland tackle Sunwolves-laded Japan after heavy travel week

Experimentation has taken a back seat this week after five new caps were unleashed against the US.

# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

'Great day for the family,' but whirlwind tour leaves little time for Scannell brothers to celebrate

Staving off jet-lag is the first job for Joe Schmidt’s squad after arriving in Japan yesterday.

Ringrose will continue to hone kicking skills, but it may be a while before you see him with the tee again

The centre landed a beauty from the sideline in New Jersey, but it won’t necessarily become a regular occurence.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 10 June, 2017

Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania 2019 PREVIEW This post contains videos

Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania

The eastern European side are also likely to be part of Ireland’s pool at the next World Cup.

# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 17 May, 2017

All Blacks to face Japan in November Test ahead of World Cup

The world champions will meet the Brave Blossoms in a one-off Test next year.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 1 February, 2016

Japan still without interim rugby coach with tournaments and Tests looming

Jamie Joseph won’t be taking up the role until his contract with the Highlanders ends in August.

# brave-blossoms - Thursday 17 December, 2015

One of your favourite Japan players from the World Cup was just made a ninja master

Ayumu Goromaruis now even more of a legend.

# brave-blossoms - Sunday 11 October, 2015

Japan finish memorable World Cup campaign with a win against the USA

Japan sign off their World Cup campaign with a third win.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 3 October, 2015

After shrugging off a Tuilagi tackle, this is an unbelievable flying finish

Akihito Yamada, you are cleared for landing.

# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 23 September, 2015

'We just ran out of energy': Second half proves too much for Japan against slick Scotland Brave Blossoms This post contains videos

'We just ran out of energy': Second half proves too much for Japan against slick Scotland

Japan gave Scotland plenty to worry about in the opening 50 minutes, but ended up conceding five tries.

As it happened: Scotland v Japan, Rugby World Cup

We went minute-by-minute to watch David challenge another giant four days after toppling Goliath.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 19 September, 2015

Watch: The shock and ecstacy as Japan players celebrate taking Springbok scalp Brave Blossoms This post contains videos

Watch: The shock and ecstacy as Japan players celebrate taking Springbok scalp

What a way to take your second ever win at the Rugby World Cup.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 31 August, 2015

Highlanders hero Tanaka one of two scrum-halves picked for Japan squad

Coach Eddie Jones has also defended the number of overseas-born players plying their trade for Japan.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 23 June, 2014

10-game winning streak sends Japan into world rugby's top 10

Eddie Jones has led the Brave Blossoms to major improvements ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

# brave-blossoms - Friday 13 June, 2014

IRB chief would prefer Japanese entrant for final place in Super 18

Super Rugby is set to take on a sixth South African side, an Argentinian team plus A.N Other.