Japan national rugby union team

The Japanese rugby union team (Japaneseラグビー 日本 代表, Ragubī Nihon Daihyō ) represents Japan in the sport of Rugby Union. It belongs to the second class strength ( second tier ) and has so far participated in all World Championships, but never survived the first round.


Rugby was first played in 1899 in Japan. Professor Edward Bramwell Clarke introduced the sport to his students at Keio University in the same year. The first international match played Japan on January 31, 1932 against Canada and won it 9-8.

Among the most important achievements in the following decades, including the win against the Junior All Blacks in 1968 and the two narrow defeats against England ( 3:6 ) 1971, and Wales ( 24:29 ) 1983. 's Biggest success in Japan followed in 1989, when one Scotland beat in Tokyo 28:24.

Japan has participated in all finals since the introduction of the Rugby Union World Cup. However, the team managed only one win in 1991, with 52:8 against Zimbabwe. In 1995 they were responsible for the worst defeat that has ever collected a team at a World Cup. Against the All Blacks the game was lost in the first round with 17:145. During the qualification for the 2003 World Championships succeeded the Japanese to celebrate the biggest win in their history. On 5 July 2002 to hit Taiwan with 155:3. However, they made continue to record for victories their opponents. So presented Scotland with 100:8 and 98:0 Wales with its historic successes in 2004 against Japan.

14 May 2006 Daisuke Ohata broke at 31:7 against Georgia with his hat-trick the world record for scoring attempts. With its 65 attempts he had made ​​at the time one more than the previous record holder David Campese. Meanwhile, it has brought on 69 attempts Ohata.

At the beginning of 2007, undertook the Japanese rugby union New Zealand rugby legend John Kirwan as coach of the national team. Kirwan set an ambitious target to achieve two wins at the upcoming World Cup in France in the first round. He wanted to use mostly Japanese strengths such as speed and agility targeted. However, the Japanese did not get beyond a draw in the final group game against Canada. Previously, she had clearly lost against Australia and Wales and were only just failed in a surprise against Fiji, so that the cutting was seen at the World Cup as a success and John Kirwan was able to continue his concept.

2008 Japan convincingly won the first edition of the Asian Five Nations by beating South Korea, Arabia, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong.



As of November 22, 2008

Results at World Championships

  • World Cup 1987: Preliminary Round ( no win )
  • 1991 World Championships: Preliminary Round ( a victory )
  • World Cup 1995: Preliminary Round ( no win )
  • World Cup 1999: Preliminary Round ( no win )
  • World Cup 2003: Preliminary Round ( no win )
  • World Cup 2007: Preliminary Round ( a draw )
  • World Cup 2011: Preliminary Round ( a draw )

Known player

  • James Arlidge
  • Keiji Hirose
  • Takuro Miuchi
  • Daisuke Ohata
  • Hiroto Onozawa
  • Ruatangi Vatuvei