Michael Leitch

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Japan players celebrate their surprise victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan in Brighton. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer said that the result was “unacceptable; I have to apologise to the nation.” Harry Potter author JK Rowling twe(...)

  England’s Jamie George   is tackled by Japan’s Michael Leitch   during England’s victory at   Twickenham   in London. Photograph. Neil Hall/EPA

In the aftermath of England’s unconvincing victory over Japan, Eddie Jones’s thoughts turned to the last match of the autumn against Australia and his(...)

 Japan’s Michael Leitch  is tackled by England’s Alex Lozowki during the autumn international at Twickenham. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

England 35 Japan 15 England survived an almighty scare as Japan threatened another giant slaying before Joe Cokanasiga’s try sealed a 35-15 victory a(...)

Japan’s scrum in action against the All Blacks in Tokyo at the start of the month. Photograph: Getty Images

If Eddie Jones’s warning that they will be “physically smashed” against England on Saturday was not jarring enough for Japan’s players, their coach ha(...)

Ireland’s fullback Andrew Conway eludes the tackle of  Japan winger Kenki Fukuoka  during the Test match in Tokyo. Photograph: kazuhiro Nogi/Getty

Ireland 35 Tries: G Ringrose, K Marmion, R Ruddock, J van der Flier, S Reidy Cons: P Jackson (5) Japan 13 Tries: K Matsushima, A Yamada Pen: J Og(...)

Ireland players and management pose for a photo with sumo wrestlers at Shikoroyama-beya in Koto-ward in Tokyo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For this dry run ahead of the 2019 World Cup, it’s long established that Paddy Jackson would feature at outhalf against Japan on Saturday at the Shizu(...)

Kicking coach Richie Murphy:  “Japan have turned themselves into a really good side. Play very fast and loose. “Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ladies and gentlemen of the Japanese media, and respected translators, may we present Richie Murphy. Ireland’s skills and kicking coach is as sound (...)

Joe Schmidt talks to the Ireland players during training ahead of the USA test last week. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tony Brown is already in Japan. The highly rated Highlanders coach, tracked by Leinster and Connacht in recent seasons, was contractually obliged to t(...)

Japan outhalf Jumpei Ogura kicked 18 points in the win over Romania. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan 33 Romania 21 World Cup hosts Japan opened warmed up for the forthcoming Ireland series with a morale-boosting 33-21 victory over Romania in Ky(...)

Japan captain Michael Leitch speaks to reporters  ahead of the Scotland game. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

The rugby world marvelled at Japan’s victory over South Africa in Brighton. To demonstrate the moxie to turn down a penalty kick at goal in the final(...)

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