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From The42 'We're grateful for the opportunity to inspire Japan and we showed that' Brave Blossoms

'We're grateful for the opportunity to inspire Japan and we showed that'

Japan aren’t finished in this World Cup yet after setting up a quarter-final with the Springboks.

From The42 As it happened: Japan v Scotland, Rugby World Cup Liveblog

As it happened: Japan v Scotland, Rugby World Cup

This match will determine who Ireland are to face in the quarter-finals, so we’re going minute-by-minute.

From The42 'When I want to go out, I want to have a coffee, but it's impossible' Fame

'When I want to go out, I want to have a coffee, but it's impossible'

Michael Leitch can’t leave Japan’s team hotel without being mobbed by autograph-hunting fans.

From The42 Scottish legal talk 'undermines' Japan's World Cup run, fumes Joseph Brave Blossoms

Scottish legal talk 'undermines' Japan's World Cup run, fumes Joseph

The fall-out from the cancellation of games at the tournament continues.

From The42 Japan make three changes from Ireland win for showdown with Samoa Brave Blossoms

Japan make three changes from Ireland win for showdown with Samoa

Michael Leitch returns for Saturday’s game but the captain’s armband is retained by Pieter Labuschagne.

From The42 'We had been preparing for this game for a hell of a lot longer than the Irish had' Brave Blossoms

'We had been preparing for this game for a hell of a lot longer than the Irish had'

Japan lit up the World Cup with sensational display in Shizuoka.

From The42 'We got a 12-3 lead and we stopped playing to a degree': Schmidt laments penalty calls after shock in Shizuoka Picked Apart

'We got a 12-3 lead and we stopped playing to a degree': Schmidt laments penalty calls after shock in Shizuoka

Ireland conceded nine penalties, and Schmidt complained about four ‘tough’ offside calls.

From The42 Japan need 'best game of their lives' as captain Leitch dropped for Ireland clash Brave Blossoms

Japan need 'best game of their lives' as captain Leitch dropped for Ireland clash

Head coach Jamie Joseph was surprised not to see Johnny Sexton’s name in Ireland’s squad.

From The42 'Key weapon' - Ireland's opponents Japan aim high at Rugby World Cup after naming squad Brave Blossoms

'Key weapon' - Ireland's opponents Japan aim high at Rugby World Cup after naming squad

The hosts face Russia in the tournament’s opener on 20 September.

From The42 Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA Movers And Shakers This post contains videos

Ireland's RWC pool rivals Japan rise to 9th in world rankings after impressive win over USA

Jamie Joseph’s side are in rude health.

From The42 Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland Pool A

Japan captain Leitch 'quietly confident' as he faces World Cup pool with Ireland

‘Once we get out of (the pool) we’ve either got New Zealand or South Africa, and we’re not going to lay down for them either.’

From The42 'If we are going to take the All Blacks down, then it is going to be tomorrow' Brave Blossoms

'If we are going to take the All Blacks down, then it is going to be tomorrow'

Japan’s New Zealand-born captain senses an opportunity against a weakened All Blacks team.

From The42 'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory Kobe Beef

'Both sides went at it furiously': Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory

Conor O’Shea’s men dominated the early stages and took a 19-3 lead before Japan were stirred into a reaction.

From The42 Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan Full Flight This post contains videos

Three magic Keith Earls assists and all the highlights from Ireland's summer tour to the US and Japan

Not content with sealing a record for himself, the Limerick man assisted five tries for five different scorers.

From The42 The big winners from Ireland's high-scoring summer tour Top Men

The big winners from Ireland's high-scoring summer tour

Ireland had some freedom to play in the US and Japan, but these men made the most of the chances.

From The42 Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season Big In Japan

Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season

The finale of a lengthy international campaign is your early-morning appetiser.

All the little affirmations paying off as Andrew Conway revels chance to wear Ireland jersey

The Munster wing says he was not consistent enough to earn international recognition before this year.

From The42 Conan's Barbarian rugby, new kids impress and more talking points from Ireland's big win Reaction

Conan's Barbarian rugby, new kids impress and more talking points from Ireland's big win

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup pool looks even more manageable after this morning’s seven-try rout.

From The42 Keith Earls on fire again as Ireland run 7 past Japan Record Pace

Keith Earls on fire again as Ireland run 7 past Japan

Joe Schmidt’s side hit the 50-point mark for the second week running thanks to big displays from Earls and Jack Conan.

From The42 As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour Brave Blossoms

As it happened: Japan v Ireland, summer tour

We’re getting in a pre-breakfast helping of international rugby. There’s plenty for everyone.

From The42 Solidity all important as Ireland tackle Sunwolves-laded Japan after heavy travel week Familiar Feel

Solidity all important as Ireland tackle Sunwolves-laded Japan after heavy travel week

Experimentation has taken a back seat this week after five new caps were unleashed against the US.

From The42 'Great day for the family,' but whirlwind tour leaves little time for Scannell brothers to celebrate Brothers Grin

'Great day for the family,' but whirlwind tour leaves little time for Scannell brothers to celebrate

Staving off jet-lag is the first job for Joe Schmidt’s squad after arriving in Japan yesterday.

From The42 Ringrose will continue to hone kicking skills, but it may be a while before you see him with the tee again Repertoire

Ringrose will continue to hone kicking skills, but it may be a while before you see him with the tee again

The centre landed a beauty from the sideline in New Jersey, but it won’t necessarily become a regular occurence.

From The42 Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania 2019 PREVIEW This post contains videos

Japan warm up for Ireland series with win over Romania

The eastern European side are also likely to be part of Ireland’s pool at the next World Cup.

From The42 All Blacks to face Japan in November Test ahead of World Cup Recce Mission

All Blacks to face Japan in November Test ahead of World Cup

The world champions will meet the Brave Blossoms in a one-off Test next year.

From The42 Japan still without interim rugby coach with tournaments and Tests looming Coming Down

Japan still without interim rugby coach with tournaments and Tests looming

Jamie Joseph won’t be taking up the role until his contract with the Highlanders ends in August.

From The42 One of your favourite Japan players from the World Cup was just made a ninja master Brave Blossoms

One of your favourite Japan players from the World Cup was just made a ninja master

Ayumu Goromaruis now even more of a legend.

From The42 Japan finish memorable World Cup campaign with a win against the USA Brave Blossoms

Japan finish memorable World Cup campaign with a win against the USA

Japan sign off their World Cup campaign with a third win.

From The42 After shrugging off a Tuilagi tackle, this is an unbelievable flying finish Brilliant Blossoms

After shrugging off a Tuilagi tackle, this is an unbelievable flying finish

Akihito Yamada, you are cleared for landing.

From The42 'We just ran out of energy': Second half proves too much for Japan against slick Scotland Brave Blossoms This post contains videos

'We just ran out of energy': Second half proves too much for Japan against slick Scotland

Japan gave Scotland plenty to worry about in the opening 50 minutes, but ended up conceding five tries.

From The42 As it happened: Scotland v Japan, Rugby World Cup Liveblog

As it happened: Scotland v Japan, Rugby World Cup

We went minute-by-minute to watch David challenge another giant four days after toppling Goliath.

From The42 Watch: The shock and ecstacy as Japan players celebrate taking Springbok scalp Brave Blossoms This post contains videos

Watch: The shock and ecstacy as Japan players celebrate taking Springbok scalp

What a way to take your second ever win at the Rugby World Cup.

From The42 Highlanders hero Tanaka one of two scrum-halves picked for Japan squad Brave Blossoms

Highlanders hero Tanaka one of two scrum-halves picked for Japan squad

Coach Eddie Jones has also defended the number of overseas-born players plying their trade for Japan.

From The42 10-game winning streak sends Japan into world rugby's top 10 Global Game

10-game winning streak sends Japan into world rugby's top 10

Eddie Jones has led the Brave Blossoms to major improvements ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

From The42 IRB chief would prefer Japanese entrant for final place in Super 18 Brave Blossoms

IRB chief would prefer Japanese entrant for final place in Super 18

Super Rugby is set to take on a sixth South African side, an Argentinian team plus A.N Other.