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Japan lock Luke Thompson has great memories from his time in Ireland in 1999. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“Arigato gozaimasu.” Joe Schmidt speaks more Japanese than his opposite number Jamie Joseph. After Schmidt’s media masterclass in Yumeria almost spinn(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton during an Irish training session at Yumeria Sports Grounds in Iwata. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt is confident that Johnny Sexton will be available to face Russia on October 3rd. Speaking to the media this morning, the Ireland coach exp(...)

 Ryohei Yamanaka of Japan makes a break against Russia  during the Rugby World Cup  Group A game between  at the Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Ryohei Yamanaka’s journey to his first World Cup at the age of 31 has been circuitous to say the least. Eight years ago he was a promising outhalf w(...)

Joe Schmidt: “We’re preparing for a team who are playing at home and will do so with real pride.” Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Away from the madding crowds, the Irish squad have based themselves in a quaintly Japanese version of Carton House. Set in Fukuroi, 34km from Shizu(...)

 Japan’s players take part in a training session at Enshunada Coastal Park in Hamamatsu on Monday. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

There’s a moment in Lost in Translation when Bill Murray, playing a jaded movie star and in Japan to accept an outrageous sum of money for doing a whi(...)

Russia’s Kirill Golosnitskiy and Japan’s  Kotaro Matsushima  jump for the ball during the opening  Rugby World Cup Pool A match  at the Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP

The Earth shifts with a Rising Sun. At least that’s what Fumihito, Crown Prince Akishino of Japan, assured Billy Beaumont and everybody else as rugby (...)

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(...)

Against Wales, the Irish defence was   rarely broken with Bundee Aki leading the way. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Can Ireland cope in the tram tracks? In October 2015, I was in Cardiff for Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final game against Argentina and have two(...)

Marc Ellis escapes Tsutomu Matsuda during the pool stage game between Japan and New Zealand at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  Phil Cole/Getty

In the 1995 tournament, New Zealand thrashed Japan 145-17 at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein scoring 21 tries in the process. They led 28-0 aft(...)

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