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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby dwpeate » Wed, 23 Oct 2019, 10:13

Whatever happened to Yamada, who was one of Japan's stars in 2015?

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby thatrugbyguy » Wed, 23 Oct 2019, 11:01

He's in France.

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby 4N » Mon, 18 Nov 2019, 15:24

Jamie Joseph to coach Japan through 2023.

https://www.rugby-japan.jp/news/50241

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby 4N » Sat, 11 Jan 2020, 16:06

Crowd of 57,000 at the All Japan University Final.

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby Tobar » Sat, 11 Jan 2020, 21:04

They usually get high numbers for this match but surely this is greater than normal?

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby Hinato » Mon, 13 Jan 2020, 07:24

C'est un retour à la normale. De la fin des années 70 au début des années 90, la finale universitaire japonaise de rugby attirait 60 000 personnes en moyenne (record de 66 999 en 1981).

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby Edgar » Sat, 15 Feb 2020, 17:46

Yowzers! I was hoping it would be Japan or Fiji:

British and Irish Lions lining up historic Cardiff Test against Japan ahead of South Africa tour

The British and Irish Lions are lining up a historic and lucrative Test match against Japan ahead of next year's tour of South Africa, according to reports.

Talk of a warm-up match on home soil before the six-week tour of South Africa has been rife recently and the Telegraph are reporting that Japan top the shortlist of potential opponents.

They also report that such a fixture would raise about £5 million, which would cover the majority of the costs for the eight-match tour.
Cardiff's Principality Stadium is thought to be the likeliest venue, although Murrayfield and the Aviva Stadium are also in contention.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rug ... n7nYspOXpo



The Lions' record against SA is 17-6-23 for 4 series wins out of 12. Against NZ they have a 7-4-30 record, with a solitary series victory from 11 attempts, while against the Wallabies it is 17-0-6 with 7 series wins out of 9. NB: The Great Britain teams of the 19th and early 20th centuries were not representative of the four Home Unions and therefore not considered Lions tours.

The British & Irish have also played Argentina on 7 occasions, winning the only series' on tour in 1927, the solitary blemish being a 25-25 draw at Cardiff in 2005. They had comfy wins over East Africa (twice) and Sri Lanka in the 50s and 60s, beat Canada on tour in 66 but suffered a shock defeat to British Colombia, 8-3, and also lost to Fiji at a packed Suva stadium in 1977, 25-21.

Meanwhile, this from the Zimbabwe Rugby Facebook page:

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"Lately there has been a lot of social media posts going around about the crowd sizes in Madagascan domestic club rugby. Much of the rugby world seems surprised by the popularity of the game on the southern African island for a tier 3 nation thats unknown to most.

After the World Cup in Japan we anticipated that the game would experience some growth in Japan a tier 2 nation. Check out the photo below of 57,300 people that recently attended the All Japan University Final between Waseda vs Meiji. This isnt a test match or a professional club game, its just varsity rugby.

Other Japanese domestic rugby spectatorship numbers look like this. The recent Panasonic vs Toyota game drew 37,000 which will probably eclipse all Super Rugby attendances including the Grand final. Kobe Steel is averaging 25 000 a game so far this season. Is there any other club or provincial team in world rugby that can better that? The Super Rugby game between Sunwolves and Chiefs just drew 18,700 which makes it one of the most attended games in Super rugby so far this season and the only team thats capable of filling over 3/4 of their stadium.

After reports of the Springboks moving to the 6 Nations NZ rugby must be keeping a close eye on these figures."

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby jservuk » Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 22:16

There has been hardly any coverage of these huge Japanese crowds in the English press; even pro-Rugby papers like Guardian and Telegraph.

Am I right in thinking these crowds are dwarfing the J-league crowds?

Again, it goes to show just how 6N centric RU is .

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby gambass » Wed, 19 Feb 2020, 09:45

Top League is a really strange league from a traditional perspective (clubs not attached to a stadium, multiple double headers every week-ends, etc.)

For instance, Kobe Steel was indeed averaging 25,000 spectators after two games, but they were only 5,000 for their last home game. So...

Don't think we should read too much in these figures, before the proper domestic league is launched.

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby 4N » Sat, 02 May 2020, 15:42

Heading to Top League next season from the UK:

Freddie Burns
Alex Goode
George Kruis
Hadleigh Parkes
Owen Williams
Charlie Matthews

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Mon, 04 May 2020, 18:34

Vague: https://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/internat ... tory.shtml This means Beaumont will support Japan for a 3rd vote in the Council, for exemple? And if Japan want a TRC spot, what went wrong for Pichot with them?
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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby Chester-Donnelly » Mon, 04 May 2020, 20:48

The story is also reported here.

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2020/0 ... -beaumont/

Japan has been awarded tier 1 status. Well done Japan. Welcome to the club.

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby GeoRugby » Tue, 05 May 2020, 21:09

Chester-Donnelly wrote:The story is also reported here. now.

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2020/0 ... -beaumont/

Japan has been awarded tier 1 status. Well done Japan. Welcome to the club.


I wonder what Japan attitude going to be as far as playing "emerging nations" now. Will they consider themselves too good to even bother?

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby Chester-Donnelly » Tue, 05 May 2020, 21:20

GeoRugby wrote:
Chester-Donnelly wrote:The story is also reported here. now.

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2020/0 ... -beaumont/

Japan has been awarded tier 1 status. Well done Japan. Welcome to the club.


I wonder what Japan attitude going to be as far as playing "emerging nations" now. Will they consider themselves too good to even bother?


I suspect it depends on the quality of the opposition. They no longer play in the Asia Rugby Championship, so they're already too good to play other Asian teams like Hong Kong. Fiji are worthy opponents. If Tonga and Samoa can continue to improve they will probably remain regular opponents.

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby Duke of Earl » Tue, 05 May 2020, 22:11

Can see Japan being like Argentina , where they will have a main squad for Tier 1 opponents and for Tier 2 opponents, for example HK, it will be like Argentina in the ARC and Japan will put out an A team or Development Japan XV

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby 4N » Sat, 09 May 2020, 22:56

Lions still planning to play Japan in June 2021.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/202 ... home-2021/

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Mon, 11 May 2020, 22:52

More news about Sunwolves' future. They want to play in Australia. https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020 ... utive.html
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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby 4N » Mon, 11 May 2020, 22:58

It would be great if they could make that work. :thumbup:

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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby 4N » Thu, 14 May 2020, 22:54

Super Rugby architects would invite the best Japanese Top League teams to take part in a Super Rugby finals series under one model being considered for the competition next year.

The teams would be the top two performers from Japan's cash-rich, corporation-owned league, which will be run concurrently with Super Rugby in the first half of next year.

They would meet the winners of the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa-Argentina conferences in an eight-team finals series played in June or early July next year – and potentially in one country if coronavirus travel restrictions are still in place.


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Re: Japan Rugby

Unread postby DotJP » Tue, 19 May 2020, 18:36

victorsra wrote:More news about Sunwolves' future. They want to play in Australia. https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020 ... utive.html

If the state of emergency will be lifted in urban areas of Japan this month, then it may be going to be true.

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