Michael Leitch

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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(...)

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(...)

Clermont winger  Kotaro Matsushima starts for Japan against the Lions on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Michael Leitch leads a Japan team that relies heavily on their 2019 World Cup stars for Saturday’s historic first match against the British and Irish (...)

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(...)

Jamie Ritchie is tackled by Seán O’Brien and Conor Murray during last year’s Six Nations game at Murrayfield. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Maybe Jim Telfer is mellowing with age – after all, he’ll be 80 on St Patrick’s Day – but when the old sage speaks about the dog in Jamie Ritchie he d(...)

Japan’s Michael Leitch  and Yu Tamura  celebrate victory over Scotland in Yokohama,  Japan. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Hanpa nai! The Japan rugby team have come screaming from the edges of expectation and reason to make this Rugby World Cup their own coming-out party. (...)

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 (...)

 Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka of Japan celebrate  following the  Group A victory over Ireland. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Japan are now a serious factor at their own 2019 World Cup. The conditions and the scheduling already in their favour, now, thanks to a brilliantly pl(...)

Japan lock Luke Thompson is tackled by Johnny Sexton and CJ Stander during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at the Ecopa stadium in  Shizuoka. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

On the crowded Keio train down to the main afternoon billing, the Australians weren’t talking about what to expect from the Welsh. They were still tra(...)

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