|Nickname(s)||Cherry Blossoms/Brave Blossoms/Sakuras|
|Union||Japan Rugby Football Union|
|Head coach||Jamie Joseph|
|Most caps||Hitoshi Ono (98)|
|Top scorer||Ayumu Goromaru (708)|
|Top try scorer||Daisuke Ohata (69)|
|Home stadium||Chichibunomiya Stadium|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||10 (as of 23 November 2020)|
|Japan 9–8 Canada |
(Osaka, Japan; 31 January 1932)
|Japan 155–3 Chinese Taipei |
(Tokyo, Japan; 1 July 2002)
|Japan 17–145 New Zealand |
(Bloemfontein, South Africa; 4 June 1995)
|Appearances||9 (First in 1987 )|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2019|
The Japan national rugby union team, often known as the Cherry Blossoms, Sakura, and more recently The Brave Blossoms (ブレイブ・ブロッサムズ - Bureibu burossamuzu) is traditionally the strongest rugby union power in Asia and has enjoyed and endured mixed results against non-Asian teams over the years. Rugby union in Japan is administered by the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU), which was founded in 1926. They compete annually in the Pacific Nations Cup and previously in the Asia Rugby Championship. They have also participated in every Rugby World Cup since the tournament began in 1987.
Rugby was first played in Japan's treaty ports as early as 1866. Popular participation by local university teams was established in 1899 and Japan's first recorded international match was a match against a Canadian team in 1932. Notable games for Japan include a victory over the Junior All Blacks in 1968, and a narrow 6–3 loss to England in 1971. Famous wins by Japan include a 28–24 victory over a Scotland XV in 1989 and a 23–8 victory over Wales in 2013. In 2011, Japan displayed its progress by winning the 2011 IRB Pacific Nations Cup, played against Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Further progress was displayed in 2014 when Japan completed a string of ten consecutive test wins (a record for a tier 2 team) to rank in the world's top 10 teams.This continued into 2015 where they produced the first of their three biggest upsets when, in a Rugby World Cup pool match against the Springboks, they won 34–32.
In the years between, Japan faced quality opposition, playing relatively well with solid results including a tie against France, and a narrow loss to Wales at Cardiff. Their second shock win was a 19–12 defeat of world number-two ranked Ireland in a 2019 Rugby World Cup pool game. Emerging undefeated from the tournament's pool stage after a 28–21 victory over Scotland, Japan made their first-ever World Cup quarter-final appearance, going down 3–26 to eventual world champions South Africa.
The first recorded instance of a team being established and rugby being played in Japan was in 1866 with the founding of the Yokohama Foot Ball Club. Games, mainly between service personnel, were played on the Garrison Parade Ground in Yamate, Yokohama.In 1874 records also illustrate British sailors staging a game in Yokohama. Other games were played at other treaty ports such as Kobe between teams of long-term foreign residents and visiting ships' crews and garrisons, but they rarely involved Japanese players. The date of local Japanese participation in the sport is most frequently cited as 1899, when students at Keio University were introduced to the game by Professor Edward Bramwell Clarke and Ginnosuke Tanaka both graduates of Cambridge University.
The formation of a national team and effectively Japan's first international match took place in Osaka on 31 January 1932 when a trade delegation from Canada to Japan supported an overseas tour by the Canada national rugby union team. The Japanese won this first match 9–8. In a second test match in Tokyo 11 days later again the Japanese side beat the Canadians 38–5.
Japan beat the Junior All Blacks 23–19 in 1968 after losing the first four matches on a tour of New Zealand, but they won the last five. The Japanese (coached by Waseda University Professor Onishi Tetsunosuke) lost by just 3–6 to England in Tokyo on 29 September 1971 in the RFU's centenary year. The 1973 Japan rugby union tour of Wales, England and France was less successful with the side winning only two of their eleven matches, and losing the international matches against Wales and France. Ten years later Japan gave Wales a fright in losing by a slim five-point margin, 24–29, at Cardiff Arms Park on 2 October 1983.
On 28 May 1989, a strong Japan coached by Hiroaki Shukuzawa defeated an uncapped Scotland, missing nine British Lions on tour in Australia, for the first time at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, 28–24. The Japan team included such Kobe Steel stalwarts as centre Seiji Hirao (captain), and locks Atsushi Oyagi and Toshiyuki Hayashi (38 Japan caps and a member of Oxford University's all-time best XV). Sinali Latu at No. 8 was then a fourth year student at Daito Bunka University, and speedy Yoshihito Yoshida on the wing (no. 14) was a third year at Meiji University. Scotland missed an incredible seven penalties and refused the kicking tee which was generously offered – as a surviving video of the game shows. It was almost the same Japanese team which defeated Zimbabwe in RWC1991.
After Hirao resigned, Toshiba Brave Lupus coach Shogo Mukai was appointed in March 2001 to lead Japan up to the 2003 Rugby World Cup. After mixed fortunes in his first two years in charge, Japan put in some impressive performances at the tournament with good efforts against Scotland and France, nevertheless they still left the tournament having failed to reach their target of winning some matches but still won admirers for their exciting brand of play. Mukai left his post after the tournament to spend more time with his family.
After Shogo Mukai left after the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the JRFU initially tried to appoint Eddie Jones from his post with Australia but were unsuccessful and instead appointed Mitsutake Hagimoto in March 2004 after he won the inaugural Top League with the Kobelco Steelers. Under Hagimoto, Japan decided they would not select foreign born players after Mukai had been criticised for playing too many at the World Cup.
Hagimoto's first match in charge was a disappointing draw with Korea, but his first few matches in charge after that were promising with wins over Russia and Canada to win the Super Powers Cup and pushed Italy close losing 32–19.
However, in November 2004, Japan went on a disastrous tour to Europe where they were embarrassingly thrashed 100–8 by Scotland and 98–0 by Wales and also were comfortably defeated by Romania. Japan's performances were described as "pathetic", and the squad was called "a joke" with some key players ignored or not given permission to travel.
This disastrous tour forced a rethink from Hagimoto and foreign born players were brought back into the side in 2005, but after losing twice to Ireland in June he was sacked and with just 5 wins from 15 matches was the least successful coach for Japan in the professional era.
After Hagimoto left his post at the end of June 2005, Jean-Pierre Élissalde who had been appointed backs coach three months earlier took full charge and became the first foreigner to be the head coach for Japan. His first match in charge was a 44–29 win over Spain in November 2005.
In 2006, despite a disappointing campaign in the inaugural Pacific Nations Cup in June where Japan lost all their matches, and also lost to heavily to Italy 52–6, Élissalde was backed to lead the side to the 2007 Rugby World Cup. But Élissalde was later sacked in September after he took on a job with Bayonne without consulting the JRFU and then refused to give up his job with them.Assistant coach Osamu Ota took over as caretaker coach for two Rugby World Cup qualifiers in November 2006.
John Kirwan was appointed head coach on in October 2006 after Elissalde was sacked. He initially worked as an advisor to caretaker coach Osamu Ota before taking over the job completely in 2007.
After starting with large wins over the Asian opposition, Japan only won one of their remaining 10 fixtures in 2007, although in the 2007 Rugby World Cup they did gain a draw with a last minute touchline conversion from Shotaro Onishi against Canada to end a long losing streak of World Cup matches stretching back to 1991.
Results began to pick up after the 2007 World Cup and Kirwan led Japan up to a high of 13th in the IRB Rankings and to win their first ever Pacific Nations Cup title in 2011 after they beat Fiji away for the first ever time in Japan's history.
However, despite more positive results in between World Cups, Japan had a disappointing 2011 Rugby World Cup, losing 31–18 to Tonga who they had beaten four times in a row since 2008, and drawing again to Canada who they had beaten 46–8 and 27–6 in 2009, and Japan left the World Cup winless meaning they still had not won a match at the tournament since 1991. Kirwan came under pressure after the tournament and he resigned from his post after his contract came to the end at the end of the year.
The tenure of Kirwan as coach was notable for a large number of imports he selected. Players who originated from New Zealand such as James Arlidge, Bryce Robins, Shaun Webb, Ryan Nicholas, Luke Thompson or Tonga such as Alisi Tupuailei and Sione Vatuvei all featured prominently under Kirwan. The large percentage of foreigners in the national team also caused criticism for Kirwan. However, despite failing to bring Japan a World Cup win, Kirwan left his post as the most successful Japan coach of the professional era with a win rate of 58.18% from 55 matches.
Kirwan chose not to renew his contract as head coach when it expired at the end of 2011, and the Japan Rugby Football Union announced that former Australia coach Eddie Jones would be his successor.Jones stated that his intention was to take the Japanese national team into the top 10 on the international rankings, and that they must develop a style of play to allow them to win games against teams such as Scotland and Wales.
Jones made his debut as Japan head coach against Kazakhstan. He had selected a total of 10 uncapped players out of the 22 selected players. They went on to win the match 87–0. They then had a big win over United Arab Emirates where young 18-year-old Yoshikazu Fujita set a new Asian Five Nations record for the most tries in a single match with a total of 6. This was also Fujita's international debut.
In 2013, Jones led Japan to their sixth consecutive championship win in the Asian Five Nations, where Japan achieved a tournament record score of 121–0 against the Philippines. In May, the nation lost their opening match of the 2013 IRB Pacific Nations Cup to Tonga, followed by a defeat to Fiji in the second round. Following these matches, Japan faced a 2-test series against Wales. Japan lost narrowly, 18–22, in the first test, but won the second test 23–8, and the series ended in a 1–1 draw. This was the first time that Japan had recorded a victory over the Welsh.
On 16 October 2013, Jones was hospitalised after having a suspected stroke and was released from hospital 2 days later on 18 October 2013.After his release from hospital, it was announced that Jones would miss Japan's 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests against New Zealand, Scotland, Gloucester, Russia and Spain, and former Australia skills coach and current technical adviser for Japan Scott Wisemantel would interim coach Japan for their 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests.
On 19 September 2015, Japan stunned South Africa by a last minute try from Karne Hesketh to win 34–32 in their opening group pool game at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Brighton, England. BBC reported the win as "arguably the biggest upset in rugby union history".In 2015, Japan became the first team in World Cup history to win three pool games but still be eliminated at the group stage, due to their heavy loss to Scotland.
Jamie Joseph, former coach of New Zealand's Highlanders Super Rugby team and the Māori All Blacks, took over as head coach for Japan (and the Sunwolves Super Rugby team) in 2016. In the 2017 Asia Rugby Championship, Japan sealed their twelfth consecutive Asia Rugby Championship, winning all four games. They went on to defeat Romania 33–21 in the 2017 June rugby union tests, but lost to Ireland 2–0, during their first test series since 2005, losing the first test 50–22 and the second 35–13. In November 2017, Joseph led his side to a single win and a draw in four games. They started their End-of-year series with two consecutive home losses, a 27–47 loss to a World XV side and a 30–63 loss to Australia. Japan's first win came against Tonga 39–6 in Toulouse, France, before going on to draw with France 23–23, which was the first time that these two nations had drawn with one another.
During the 2018 June tests, Joseph led Japan to a 1–all series draw with Italy, winning the first test 34–17, and losing the second 25–22. The team then beat Georgia 28–0 at the Toyota Stadium.
In 2019, Japan won the Pacific Nations Cup with wins against Fiji, Tonga and the United States, with no losses.
Japan hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2019, and the team repeated their feat of a shock win in Brighton at the 2015 World Cup, this time beating world No. 2-ranked Ireland 19–12 at Shizuoka Stadium in Fukuroi, ShizuokaThey reached the quarter-finals for the first time in the team's history after beating Scotland 28–21 at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama that was battered by Typhoon Hagibis only the night before.
Japan has participated in the Rugby World Cup since the tournament's inception in 1987, and has made appearances in all tournaments thus far. Despite this, they experienced little success until the 2015 tournament, with just one victory over Zimbabwe in 1991, and two draws with Canada in 2007 and 2011. In 2015 they defeated South Africa with a score of 34–32, their first win since 1991 against Zimbabwe, which they followed up with victories over Samoa and the United States in the same pool stage, but despite their 3–1 record failed to reach the knockout round.
They were the home team for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which was held in Japan.
In the 2019 World Cup, Japan were drawn in Group A alongside Ireland, Russia, Samoa, and Scotland. After a nervy opening night win against Russia (30-10),Japan went on to beat Ireland 19–12, a huge upset and a result few predicted. Their third group game against Samoa ended in another win, this time 38–19, while also securing a highly important bonus point (for scoring four or more tries).
In the highly anticipated final group game against Scotland, both teams needed to win to progress to the knockout stages at the expense of the other. The match went ahead despite pre-game worries that it would have to be cancelled due to the ongoing issues caused by Typhoon Hagibis. The pre-tournament rules stated that if the typhoon was sufficient enough to intervene, the game would be cancelled, and the result declared a draw. This controversial rulewould have allowed Japan to progress by default due to previous results.
After final safety checks, the game was allowed to commence. Japan edged out Scotland 28–21 to register their second shock win of the tournament. They also became the first Asian nation to top their group at a Rugby World Cup, and the first Asian team to progress to the knockout stages.
Japan played South Africa in the quarter finals in Tokyo on Sunday 20 October 2019, kick off 19:15 JST. They kept pace with South Africa in the first half, but two tries and three penalties in the second half for South Africa put the game out of reach and Japan lost 26–3.
|World Cup record||World Cup Qualification record|
|1987||Pool Stage||3||0||0||3||48||123||Automatically qualified|
|2019||Quarter-finals||5||4||0||1||118||88||Qualified as hosts|
|2023||To be determined||Automatically qualified|
Men's World Rugby Rankings
|Top 20 rankings as of 26 April, 2021|
|*Change from the previous week|
|Japan's historical rankings|
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|Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 26 April 2021|
Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Japan national XV to 13 October 2019.
|British Columbia Bears||6||2||2||2||33.3%||103||82||+21|
|Oxford and Cambridge||3||0||3||0||0.0%||30||113||−83|
|New Zealand XV||2||0||2||0||0.0%||4||180||−176|
|Junior All Blacks||8||1||7||0||12.5%||98||337||−239|
|New Zealand Universities||15||2||11||2||13.3%||221||417||−196|
|United Arab Emirates||3||3||0||0||100.0%||310||6||+304|
|3 June 1968||Junior All Blacks||19-23||Japan||Athletic Park, Wellington|
|Try: Yoshihiro Sakata (4)|
Con: Tsutomu Katsuraguchi
Pen: Tsutomu Katsuraguchi
|Try: Mike O’Callaghan |
Con: ??? (2)
Pen: ??? (2)
Referee: RC Fenton
|28 May 1989||Japan||28–24||Scotland XV||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo|
|15 September 1998||Japan||44–29||Argentina||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo|
|Try: McCormick |
Con: Murata (3)
Pen: Murata (4)
Drop: Ken Iwabuchi (2)
|Report||Try: Corleto |
Referee: Giovanni Morandin (Italy)
|15 June 2013||Japan||23–8||Wales||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo|
|14:00 JST (UTC+9)||Try: Wing 49' c|
Broadhurst 60' c
Con: Goromaru (2/2) 49', 61'
Pen: Goromaru (3/3) 14', 34', 76'
|Report||Try: Prydie 44' m|
Pen: Biggar (1/2) 21'
Referee: Greg Garner (England)
|21 June 2014||Japan||26–23||Italy||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo|
|14:00 JST (UTC+09)||Try: Yamada 4' c|
Sa'u 59' c
Con: Goromaru (2/2) 5', 60'
Pen: Goromaru (4/5) 13', 22', 42', 48'
| Report |
|Try: Penalty try 17' c|
Barbieri 74' c
Con: Orquera (1/1) 17'
Allan (1/1) 75'
Pen: Orquera (3/3) 7', 35', 52'
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
|19 September 2015||South Africa||32–34||Japan||Falmer Stadium, Brighton|
|16:45||Try: Louw 18' c|
B. Du Plessis 33' m
De Jager 44' c
Strauss 62' c
Con: Lambie (2/3) 19', 45'
Pollard (1/1) 63'
Pen: Lambie (1/1) 54'
Pollard (1/1) 73'
|Try: Leitch 30' c|
Goromaru 69' c
Hesketh 80' m
Con: Goromaru (2/3) 31', 70'
Pen: Goromaru (5/6) 8', 43', 49', 53', 60'
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
|9 June 2018||Japan||34–17||Italy||Oita Bank Dome, Oita|
|14:45 JST (UTC+09)||Try: Mafi 17' c|
Fukuoka 27' c
Lemeki 60' c
Matsushima 65' c
Con: Tamura (4/4) 19', 29', 62', 67'
Pen: Tamura (2/3) 33', 57'
|Try: Pasquali 14' c|
Steyn 35' c
Con: Allan (2/2) 16', 37'
Pen: Allan (1/1) 51'
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
|28 September 2019||Japan||19–12||Ireland||Shizuoka Stadium, Fukuroi|
|16:15 JST (UTC+09)||Try: Fukuoka 59' c|
Con: Tamura (1/1) 61'
Pen: Tamura (4/6) 18', 34', 40', 72'
|Try: Ringrose 14' m|
Rob Kearney 21' c
Con: Carty (1/2) 22'
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
|13 October 2019||Japan||28–21||Scotland||International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama|
|16:15 JST (UTC+09)||Try: Matsushima 18' c|
Inagaki 26' c
Fukuoka (2) 40' c, 43' c
Con: Tamura (4/4) 20', 27', 40+2', 44'
|Report||Try: Russell 7' c|
Nel 50' c
Fagerson 55' c
Con: Laidlaw (2/2) 8', 51'
Russell (1/1) 56'
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Additionally, Japan tied France 23–23 in Paris, 25 November 2017.
On April 12, The Japan Rugby Football Union has announced the 52 players who will make up the Japan National Team Wider Training Squad for 2021. The final squad of 35 players will be named on May 24 after the final matches of 2021 Top League.
On 28 April, Semisi Masirewa and Daiki Nakajima were added to the wider training squad.
Caps updated: 12 April 2021
|Player||Position||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club/province|
|Yoshikatsu Hikosaka||Hooker||18 January 1991||0||Toyota Verblitz|
|Kosuke Horikoshi||Hooker||2 June 1995||2||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Shunta Nakamura||Hooker||28 February 1994||0||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Atsushi Sakate||Hooker||21 June 1993||21||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Asaeli Ai Valu||Prop||7 May 1989||14||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Shunsuke Asaoka||Prop||24 June 1996||0||Toyota Verblitz|
|Keita Inagaki||Prop||2 June 1990||34||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Koo Ji-won||Prop||20 July 1994||13||Honda Heat|
|Shinnosuke Kakinaga||Prop||19 December 1991||9||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Kengo Kitagawa||Prop||27 August 1992||3||Kubota Spears|
|Craig Millar||Prop||29 October 1990||0||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Yukio Morikawa||Prop||6 February 1993||0||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Isileli Nakajima||Prop||9 July 1989||8||Kobelco Steelers|
|Mark Abbott||Lock||20 February 1990||0||Munakata Sanix Blues|
|Ryota Hasegawa||Lock||12 May 1993||0||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Uwe Helu||Lock||12 July 1990||16||Yamaha Júbilo|
|James Moore||Lock||11 June 1993||8||Munakata Sanix Blues|
|Liaki Moli||Lock||4 January 1990||0||Hino Red Dolphins|
|Wimpie van der Walt||Lock||6 January 1989||16||NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes|
|Jack Cornelsen||Back row||13 October 1994||0||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Ben Gunter||Back row||24 October 1997||0||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Kazuki Himeno||Back row||27 July 1994||17||Toyota Verblitz / Highlanders|
|Lappies Labuschagné||Back row||11 January 1989||8||Kubota Spears|
|Michael Leitch (c)||Back row||7 October 1988||68||Toshiba Brave Lupus|
|Amanaki Mafi||Back row||11 January 1990||27||Canon Eagles|
|Shuhei Matsuhashi||Back row||24 November 1993||8||Ricoh Black Rams|
|Lui Naeata||Back row||2 February 1994||0||Kobelco Steelers|
|Naoki Ozawa||Back row||8 October 1988||4||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Tevita Tatafu||Back row||2 January 1996||3||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Kouki Arai||Scrum-half||14 May 1993||0||Canon Eagles|
|Taiki Koyama||Scrum-half||31 October 1994||0||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Daiki Nakajima||Scrum-half||25 March 1996||2||NEC Green Rockets|
|Naoto Saito||Scrum-half||26 August 1997||0||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Kaito Shigeno||Scrum-half||21 November 1990||10||Toyota Verblitz|
|Doga Maeda||Fly-half||30 November 1996||4||NTT Communications Shining Arcs|
|Rikiya Matsuda||Fly-half||3 May 1994||24||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Yu Tamura||Fly-half||9 January 1989||63||Canon Eagles|
|Shane Gates||Centre||27 September 1992||0||NTT Communications Shining Arcs|
|Yusuke Kajimura||Centre||13 September 1995||1||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Timothy Lafaele||Centre||19 August 1991||23||Kobelco Steelers|
|Ryoto Nakamura||Centre||3 June 1991||24||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Dylan Riley||Centre||2 May 1997||0||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Shota Emi||Wing||8 December 1991||0||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Siosaia Fifita||Wing||20 December 1998||0||Tenri University / Kintetsu Liners|
|Lomano Lemeki||Wing||20 January 1989||15||Munakata Sanix Blues|
|Semisi Masirewa||Wing||9 June 1992||0||Kintetsu Liners|
|Kotaro Matsushima||Wing||26 February 1993||39||Clermont|
|Ataata Moeakiola||Wing||6 February 1996||4||Kobelco Steelers|
|Jone Naikabula||Wing||12 April 1994||0||Toshiba Brave Lupus|
|Shogo Nakano||Wing||11 June 1997||0||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Ryuji Noguchi||Fullback||15 July 1995||13||Panasonic Wild Knights|
|Seiya Ozaki||Fullback||11 July 1995||3||Suntory Sungoliath|
|Gerhard van den Heever||Fullback||13 April 1989||0||Kubota Spears|
|Ryohei Yamanaka||Fullback||22 June 1988||18||Kobelco Steelers|
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Japan traditionally plays with white and red hooped shirts (with white collar and cuffs) with a Sakura embroidered on the chest, paired with white shorts and white socks with red splashes. Between 2003 and 2011, the shirt was predominantly red with two white parallel hoops on the chest with white accents, sometimes with black or navy socks and shorts.
On 4 July 2019 the Japan Rugby Football Union on Thursday unveiled the national team's jersey for this year's Rugby World Cup, the shirt featuring a samurai helmet motif representing the tradition of Japan's warrior spirit. The combination of Samurai and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) has long been linked in Japanese culture.
The away kit usually consist of a navy blue uniform, white or navy shorts and navy blue socks, sometimes with white collar or panels, or black. The kit supplier since the 1960s is Canterbury. Currently, the jersey sponsors are Lipovitan D (in the front) and Toshiba (in the back). Previously, between 1997 and 2000, the shirt sponsor was Epson.
|7||Takashi Kikutani||Number 8||2005–2014||68||57||11||41||26||1||61|
|10||Takeomi Ito||Number 8||1996–2005||63||40||23||26||36||1||42|
Last updated: Japan vs South Africa, 20 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.
|3||Takashi Kikutani||Number 8||2005–2014||68||57||11||160||32|
|7||Ryu Koliniasi Holani||Number 8||2008–2016||44||38||6||110||22|
Last updated: Japan vs South Africa, 20 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.
|10||Takashi Kikutani||Number 8||2005–2014||68||160||32||0||0||0|
Last updated: Japan vs South Africa, 20 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.
|1||Takuro Miuchi||Number 8||2002–2008||45||17||27||1||38.88||30||6|
|2||Takashi Kikutani||Number 8||2008–2013||34||21||12||1||63.23||110||22|
|1||Toru Kurihara||Wing||60||6||15||0||0||Chinese Taipei||Tainan||21 July 2002|
|2||Daisuke Ohata||Wing||40||8||0||0||0||Chinese Taipei||Tokyo||21 July 2002|
|3||Ayumu Goromaru||Fullback||37||1||16||0||0||Sri Lanka||Nagoya||10/05/2014|
|4||Ayumu Goromaru||Fullback||36||1||14||1||0||Philippines||Fukuoka||20 April 2013|
|5||Toru Kurihara||Wing||35||2||11||1||0||South Korea||Tokyo||16 June 2002|
|7||Ayumu Goromaru||Fullback||32||2||11||0||0||Kazakhstan||Almaty||28 April 2012|
|8||Keiji Hirose||Fly-half||31||0||11||3||0||Hong Kong||Tokyo||08/05/2005|
|9||4 players on 30 points|
|1||Daisuke Ohata||Wing||40||8||0||0||0||Chinese Taipei||Tokyo||07/07/2002|
|2||Toru Kurihara||Wing||60||6||15||0||0||Chinese Taipei||Tainan||21 July 2002|
|Daisuke Ohata||Wing||30||6||0||0||0||Hong Kong||Tokyo||08/05/2005|
|Yoshikazu Fujita||Wing||30||6||0||0||0||United Arab Emirates||Fukuoka||05/05/2012|
|5||Terunori Masuho||Wing||25||5||0||0||0||Chinese Taipei||Singapore||27 October 1998|
|Kosuke Endo||Wing||25||5||0||0||0||South Korea||Daegu||01/05/2010|
|Alisi Tupuailei||Centre||25||5||0||0||0||Sri Lanka||Colombo||21 May 2011|
|Kentaro Kodama||Wing||25||5||0||0||0||South Korea||Kanagawa||30 April 2016|
|9||10 players on 4 tries|
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The United States men's national rugby union team, represents United States in men's international rugby union, nicknamed the Eagles it is controlled by USA Rugby. USA Rugby is a member of Rugby Americas North, one of six regional governing bodies under World Rugby. Until rugby returned to Olympic competition, with sevens at the 2016 Rio Games, the United States was the reigning Olympic rugby champion, having defeated the one other competitor in 1920 and the two other competitors at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Takuro Miuchi is a Japanese rugby union player, who plays number eight. He was captain of the Japan national rugby union team until relieved of that responsibility by Japan national team coach Jean-Pierre Elissalde in a surprise move during February 2006. He was recalled to the team for the IRB Pacific 5 Nations games, and has appeared in 2 World Cups - 2003 and 2007.
Edward Jones is an Australian rugby union coach and former player, head coach of the England national team. He previously coached Australia between 2001 and 2005, taking the team to the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final. He was an assistant coach for South Africa when the Springboks won the 2007 Rugby World Cup and from 2012 to 2015 he coached Japan, leading them in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and their upset win over South Africa. In November 2015, Jones was appointed as head coach for England and led them to win the 2016 Six Nations Championship and the 2017 Six Nations Championship, becoming only the second international rugby team to go the entire calendar year unbeaten. He led England to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final where they lost to South Africa.
The Canada national rugby union team represents Canada in men's international rugby union and it is governed by Rugby Canada, and play in red and white. Canada is classified by World Rugby as a tier two rugby nation. Canada competes in competitions such as the Americas Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup.
Shogo Mukai, is a Japanese former rugby union coach who coached the Japan national rugby union team from 2001 up to the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Jean-Baptiste Élissalde is a former French rugby union player, playing either as a scrum-half or as a fly-half, and current defense coach for Montpellier in the Top 14.
Rugby union in Japan is a moderately popular sport. Japan has the fourth largest population of rugby union players in the world and the sport has been played there for over a century. There are 125,000 Japanese rugby players, 3,631 official rugby clubs, and the Japan national team is ranked 7th in the world.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup was the ninth edition of the Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's rugby union teams. It was hosted in Japan from 20 September to 2 November in 12 venues all across the country. The opening match was played at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo, with the final match being held at International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama. This was the first time that the tournament had taken place in Asia and outside the traditional Tier 1 rugby nations.
The United States has played in all but one Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987. The USA is the second strongest national rugby side in North America, and the third strongest in the Americas after Argentina and Canada.
Christian Loamanu is a Tongan-born Japanese rugby union player who plays at wing but can also play centre and fullback
George Ford is an English professional rugby union player who plays at fly-half for Leicester Tigers and England.
Ayumu Goromaru is a former Japanese rugby union player who played at fullback for Yamaha Júbilo as well as the Japan national rugby union team.
Wataru Murata is a former Japanese rugby player and coach. He played as scrum-half. He currently coaches Senshu University Rugby Football Club.
Yuji Sonoda is a Japanese former rugby union player and currently coach. He played as scrum-half. He is the current coach of Hosei University RFC. He is nicknamed "Son".