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The Japan team in a huddle during their captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland v Japan, Venue: Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 1pm. On TV: Live on RTÉ and Channel 4 (Northern Ireland). Ireland v Japan the sequel, with the proba(...)

Bundee Aki during the British & Irish Lions captain’s run at   Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

British and Irish Lions v Japan Murrayfield, today, 3pm Live on Channel 4 Four years on from that bizarre endgame in Auckland which completed the dra(...)

Leinster could face Munster in a Pro 14 game at the Aviva Stadium on the first weekend of rugby’s proposed resumption in August. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Such is the desperate need to restore Test rugby before the end of the year within Ireland and elsewhere that hosting the cancelled July tours in the (...)

 Japan celebrate beating Ireland in the 2019 World Cup at Stadium Ecopa, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By that yardst(...)

Sean Dancer: Ireland’s head coach  faces a busy year after the women’s team’s  qualification for the Olympics in Tokyo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If all concerned can come down off Cloud Nine in time then the new Hockey League campaign will get under way on Saturday, and for players with interna(...)

Japan celebrate their Rugby World Cup win over Ireland in Shizuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Japan’s rising stock in the game in light of them memorably hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been reflected in some of their fixture scheduling fo(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland tenure came to an end with Saturday’s defeat to the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Schmidt Happens He shook up the world order. Altered the way Irish rugby is perceived from Samoa to Bloemfontein. He gifted the most important people(...)

Makazole Mapimpi dives to score South Africa’s third try in their win ovre Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Japan 3 South Africa 26 After all the shocks and surprises, typhoons and earthquakes, The Rugby World Cup has its heavyweight semi-finals. South Afri(...)

The Tokyo Tower lit up in the colours of the Brave Blossoms during the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph:  Clive Rose/World Rugby via Getty Images

Hamacho is one of the sleepier pockets of Tokyo but it still houses arguably the city’s most exotic sight. Just a three minute walk from the train sta(...)

Ryohei Yamanaka starts at fullback for Japan against South Africa. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Japan have made one injury-enforced change to the starting line-up for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa, bringing Ryohei Ya(...)

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