Category: Japan


When reviewing a landslide win, it can be easy to make the mistake of either getting carried away with it and ignoring the standard/quality of the opponent on the day, or disregarding the positives completely for the same reason. A 55-point win over a team who beat Ireland on the world stage two years ago … Continue reading Roadkill

Hard Sun

While Ireland’s team selection and manner of victory over the US back in July generated a lot of positive energy around them from fans and the media, it’s fair to say that the Japan game had the opposite effect. Andy Farrell’s decision to pick the most experienced side available to him was nowhere near vindicated … Continue reading Hard Sun

The Rising Sun

  Japan’s destruction at the hands of the Springboks earlier this month didn’t do them justice with regards to the strides they have made during this World Cup cycle, and neither did their nervy opening-day performance of RWC 2019. After looking somewhat stagnant under Jamie Joseph for his first two years in charge, the Brave … Continue reading The Rising Sun