Japan's fairytale run to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals was a highlight of last year's tournament but with the afterglow all but gone captain Michael Leitch fears not enough is being done to secure the Brave Blossoms a place at the game's top table.
Japan's Top League is cancelling the remaining 42 matches of the season to help stem the spread of the coronavirus and safeguard the health of players and spectators, organisers of the rugby union competition said in a statement on Monday.
They have just 12 more games. Their home games remain shrouded in uncertainty. And they're coming off consecutive 45-plus point defeats. But with rugby buzzing after the World Cup, the Sunwolves are simply getting on with the job, as Jake Schatz explains.
Wales will take on Japan and New Zealand in three test matches in June and July as part of their summer tour this year.
Amanaki Mafi pled guilty to assaulting former team mate Lopeti Timani in New Zealand in 2018.
Jamie Joseph is out of the running to coach the All Blacks after he inked a new deal to remain in charge of Japan through to the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Eddie Jones and England will return to Japan to play two Test matches next year.
With the dust settling on the Rugby World Cup, we assess the past six weeks of world-class rugby and the star performers.
The hosts have brought something new to rugby's top table, and the sport needs to ensure that their next opportunity is not another four years away.
The Springboks proved far too strong for the host nation, who became the first Asian nation to play in the Rugby World Cup knockout phase.
The excitement around Japan's rugby team has reached fever pitch ahead of their quarterfinal against South Africa on Sunday.
Scotland has been referred to a disputes committee over their comments about the potential cancellation of their World Cup clash against Japan.
The hosts will face South Africa in the last eight after a brilliant and poignant victory over Scotland, hours after Typhoon Hagibis ripped through the country.
Japan's decisive Pool A match with Scotland at the Rugby World Cup will go ahead as planned at Yokohama Stadium on Sunday night.
Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson said he is ready to launch a legal challenge to prevent World Cup organisers cancelling his country's game against Japan.
Japan coach Jamie Joseph feels his side's achievements are being "undermined" by the speculation over whether Sunday's game against Scotland will go ahead.
Samoa coach Steve Jackson said he was left bewildered by some of the refereeing decisions during his side's defeat to Japan.
The Rugby World Cup hosts defeated Samoa to set up a probable elimination game against Scotland next Sunday in their final pool match.
Japan's 19-12 World Cup win over Ireland may have stunned the rugby world on Saturday but one man claimed that he was not surprised -- Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.
Jamie Joseph praised the courage of his Japan players after a momentous victory over Ireland, saying they had been preparing for the match for three years.
The Rugby World Cup is alive and kicking and World Rugby has Japan to thank. Again.
The tournament hosts have beaten the world's No.1 ranked team, eclipsing even their 2015 victory over South Africa as the greatest shock in Rugby World Cup history.
Any thought that the tournament's first foray into Asia wouldn't be embraced by the people of Japan was blown away on opening night.
Winger Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as Japan overcame a severe case of opening-night nerves to give the host nation a winning start to the Rugby World Cup.
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- JPN11thTries Scored 1st South Africa : 27 Tries ScoredSA1st1327
- JPN8thPoints Difference 1st South Africa : 149 Points DifferenceSA1st53149