George Bridge goes over for a try on  his New Zealand Test debut against Japan at the Ajinomoto stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan 31 New Zealand 69 A second-string All Blacks side featuring eight debutants crushed Japan 69-31 in a thriller of a try-fest in Tokyo on Saturda(...)

Thimoty Lafaele scores for Japan during their draw with France. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Yu Tamura botched his chance to give Japan a famous victory over France when he missed a simple conversion late on in a 23-23 draw at the U Arena in P(...)

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 (...)

Japan’s Amanaki Lotoahea  runs in to score their third try during the   match against  Wales  at The Principality stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Geoff Caddick/AFP

Wales 33 Japan 30 Sam Davies got Wales out of jail with a last-gasp drop goal as Japan were thwarted 33-30 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. T(...)