Yutaka Nagare

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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(...)

Japan’s hooker Shota Horie and fly-half Yu Tamura with Scotland’s centre Sam Johnson  and prop Allan Dell during their Rugby World Cup Pool A match in Yokohama on Sunday. Photograph:  William West/AFP via Getty Images

Only a game, but what a game. Japan and Scotland served up the best of the 37 pool matches in the last of them. After Typhoon Hagibis, which wreaked s(...)

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 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(...)