Keita Inagaki

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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(...)

Conor Murray during Lions squad training in Jersey: “It was a tough lesson out there in the World Cup. They’re a quality side and they’re really, really fit.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The mere sight of the Japanese team at Murrayfield tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) for the British & Irish Lions pre-tour warm-up game is entitled to send(...)

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’s wing Kenki Fukuoka scores a try during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Japan 28 Scotland 21 Some days a country is unbeatable. Ireland against England under Croke Park’s glare in 2007. New Zealand the week after any All (...)

Japan’s Korean prop Koo Ji-won carries against Ireland during their Pool A match in Shizuoka. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

On a sunny Wednesday morning in Ginza, the Japanese players found themselves entertaining a question that contained a mocking echo of more carefree an(...)

Japan’s pack get ready to scrum down against Ireland during the Rugby World Pool A game against Ireland at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka on Saturday. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

How to frame one of the most amazing games of rugby I’ve ever seen; in defeat? Maybe by taking Friday’s ‘rewards’ and overlaying it on Japan. I had b(...)

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(...)