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# brave-blossoms - Sunday 4 July, 2021

'It's about belief in our game' - Japan are becoming rugby's great entertainers
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

'It's about belief in our game' - Japan are becoming rugby's great entertainers

Jul 4th 2021, 9:34 PM 5,403 Views 0 Comments

Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown back their team to take risks and attack with intent.

# brave-blossoms - Tuesday 29 June, 2021

Keenan expects Ireland to 'have our hands full' against high-tempo Japan
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

Keenan expects Ireland to 'have our hands full' against high-tempo Japan

Jun 29th 2021, 6:02 PM 4,544 Views 4 Comments

The Leinster fullback is a keen admirer of the attacking talent in the Brave Blossoms squad.

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 26 June, 2021

After their World Cup heroics, Japan finally make a welcome return to the Test stage
# The Wait Is Over
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# The Wait Is Over

After their World Cup heroics, Japan finally make a welcome return to the Test stage

Jun 26th 2021, 8:30 AM 3,029 Views 3 Comments

After a difficult year, the Brave Blossoms are looking to make a big impression against the Lions.

# brave-blossoms - Thursday 24 June, 2021

Japan name one debutant among team of World Cup stars to face the Lions
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

Japan name one debutant among team of World Cup stars to face the Lions

Jun 24th 2021, 2:08 PM 2,620 Views 0 Comments

Jamie Joseph’s men haven’t played a Test since 2019.

'I was more nervous about the haka than the game... It was a huge honour'
# Highlander
From The42
# Highlander

'I was more nervous about the haka than the game... It was a huge honour'

Jun 24th 2021, 6:00 AM 7,683 Views 2 Comments

Japan star Kazuki Himeno is back on international duty after a season in New Zealand.

# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 23 June, 2021

World Cup star Matsushima set for 'once-in-a-lifetime experience' against Lions
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

World Cup star Matsushima set for 'once-in-a-lifetime experience' against Lions

Jun 23rd 2021, 7:00 AM 5,113 Views 0 Comments

The Clermont flyer is hoping Japan can pick up where they left off in 2019.

# brave-blossoms - Monday 24 May, 2021

Joseph calls up Japan World Cup heroes for 'huge' Lions and Ireland games
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

Joseph calls up Japan World Cup heroes for 'huge' Lions and Ireland games

May 24th 2021, 8:22 AM 9,088 Views 7 Comments

Ex-Munster wing Gerhard van den Heever will be a familiar face.

# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Gatland's Lions to face Japan before departing on South Africa tour
# Brave Blossoms
From The42
# Brave Blossoms

Gatland's Lions to face Japan before departing on South Africa tour

Oct 21st 2020, 8:00 AM 5,899 Views 7 Comments

The game is set to be played at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in June 2021.

# brave-blossoms - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Rugby fans mob Japan's Brave Blossoms at victory parade
# Gratitude
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# Gratitude

Rugby fans mob Japan's Brave Blossoms at victory parade

Dec 11th 2019, 11:00 PM 8,544 Views 8 Comments

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
# Re-signed
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# Re-signed

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

Nov 18th 2019, 8:12 AM 5,657 Views 4 Comments

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
# Arigatou
From The42
# Arigatou

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

Nov 4th 2019, 2:00 AM 6,422 Views 22 Comments

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
# Revenge
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# Revenge

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

Nov 3rd 2019, 7:57 AM 15,346 Views 17 Comments

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
# Emotional
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# Emotional

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

Oct 20th 2019, 3:20 PM 9,467 Views 12 Comments

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'
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

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

Oct 14th 2019, 5:32 AM 4,866 Views 1 Comment

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 From The42
Live Oct 13th 2019, 10:50 AM

As it happened: Japan v Scotland, Rugby World Cup

# brave-blossoms - Saturday 12 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 12th 2019, 3:05 PM 22,778 Views 5 Comments

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
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

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

Oct 11th 2019, 10:00 AM 15,112 Views 25 Comments

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
# Brave Blossoms
From The42
# Brave Blossoms

Japan make three changes from Ireland win for showdown with Samoa

Oct 3rd 2019, 11:05 AM 6,254 Views 5 Comments

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'
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

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

Sep 28th 2019, 8:00 PM 8,630 Views 6 Comments

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
# Picked Apart
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# Picked Apart

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

Sep 28th 2019, 11:25 AM 13,881 Views 84 Comments

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
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

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

Sep 26th 2019, 9:15 AM 11,727 Views 12 Comments

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
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

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

Aug 29th 2019, 8:27 AM 7,154 Views 3 Comments

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
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# Movers And Shakers

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

Aug 12th 2019, 4:40 PM 10,085 Views 10 Comments

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
# Pool A
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# Pool A

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

Jun 12th 2019, 9:05 AM 5,797 Views 8 Comments

‘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'
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

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

Nov 2nd 2018, 10:52 AM 6,249 Views 2 Comments

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
# Kobe Beef
From The42
# Kobe Beef

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

Jun 16th 2018, 9:41 AM 15,828 Views 0 Comments

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
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# Full Flight

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

Jun 26th 2017, 11:29 AM 10,056 Views 19 Comments

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
# Top Men
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# Top Men

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

Jun 24th 2017, 6:30 PM 19,918 Views 17 Comments

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
# Big In Japan
From The42
# Big In Japan

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

Jun 23rd 2017, 1:59 PM 10,817 Views 16 Comments

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
# Inspiration + Perspiration
From The42
# Inspiration + Perspiration

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

Jun 20th 2017, 6:03 AM 6,601 Views 3 Comments

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
# Reaction
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# Reaction

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

Jun 17th 2017, 8:47 AM 11,694 Views 5 Comments

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
# Record Pace
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# Record Pace

Keith Earls on fire again as Ireland run 7 past Japan

Jun 17th 2017, 8:05 AM 30,807 Views 29 Comments

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 From The42
Live Jun 17th 2017, 5:00 AM

As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour

# brave-blossoms - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Solidity all important as Ireland tackle Sunwolves-laded Japan after heavy travel week
# Familiar Feel
From The42
# Familiar Feel

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

Jun 15th 2017, 4:19 PM 4,938 Views 6 Comments

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
# Brothers Grin
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# Brothers Grin

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

Jun 14th 2017, 7:51 AM 6,636 Views 9 Comments

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
# Repertoire
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# Repertoire

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

Jun 14th 2017, 1:00 AM 10,320 Views 13 Comments

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
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# 2019 PREVIEW

Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania

Jun 10th 2017, 12:00 PM 5,210 Views 0 Comments

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
# Recce Mission
From The42
# Recce Mission

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

May 17th 2017, 10:05 AM 3,980 Views 4 Comments

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
# Coming Down
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# Coming Down

Japan still without interim rugby coach with tournaments and Tests looming

Feb 1st 2016, 12:00 PM 3,418 Views 3 Comments

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
# Brave Blossoms
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# Brave Blossoms

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

Dec 17th 2015, 8:23 AM 8,992 Views 6 Comments

Ayumu Goromaruis now even more of a legend.

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