Japan’s Yutaka Nagare attempts to tackle South Africa’s Damian de Allende during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Tokyo Stadium. Photo: Odd Andersen/Getty Images

Tokyo may run rich in fantasy but South African rugby has always been about hard realities. In the end, the quarter-final weekend finished on a predic(...)

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(...)

 Referee Angus Gardner  during Japan’s win over Ireland. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Japan’s defence coach Scott Hansen has dismissed the relevance of World Rugby’s confirmation that three of the penalties they were awarded in their 19(...)

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(...)

Kotaro Matsushima scores his third try and Japan’s fourth against Russia. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA

Pool A: Japan 30 Russia 10 The first Rugby World Cup ever to be staged in Asia is under way and the host nation have duly delivered the result the to(...)