Kazuki Himeno

8 results

James Ryan is fit to start against Japan on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Andy Farrell has intimated that he was sounded out about James Ryan availability as a replacement for the stricken Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones last w(...)

Joey Carbery will make his first Irish appearance since 2019 this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It is a measure of the respect which Japan now command that Andy Farrell has picked his strongest available side for Saturday’s rematch with their Wor(...)

Japan celebrate their win over Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Relive Irish misery and Japanese joy in reverse. Last year provided a fascinating study in how everything can go wrong when a sports team is unequippe(...)

South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi, Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am all had excellent tournaments. Photograph: Inpho

15 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand) It’s too reactive to say that Barrett’s switch to fullback didn’t work on the basis of their semi-final exit, as Eng(...)

Japan players celebrate victory   after the final whistle of the Pool A game against Ireland  at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Japan 19 Ireland 12 As feared, the mental and emotional dynamics of this game were in sharp contrast to last week’s respective opening wins over Russ(...)

Japan’s Pieter Labuschagne and Luke Thompson tackle Jack Carty. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty)

The late bloomer lined up for the Brave Blossoms anthem, for the biggest moment in his life, with socks rolled down to shins. Same as always. “I’m no(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray stands dejected after the Rugby World Cup Pool A loss to Japan. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney Ireland broken by Japan. Stunned on 68 minutes, and subsequently failing the HIA, it forced Stockdale to fullback, Luke McGrath onto the (...)

Japan have not named Michael Leitch in their team to face Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan left captain Michael Leitch out of their starting team for Saturday’s clash with Pool A favourites Ireland as a fit-again Amanaki Mafi took his(...)