Japan Beats Russia In Rugby World Cup Opener

Japan beats Russia in Rugby World Cup opener

The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan. It's the first time an Asian country has hosted the tournament.

The opening ceremony was rich in color, combining the modern and the traditional, including a performance by Kabuki dancers.

Rugby World Cup Kicks Off In Japan

Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has started in Japan. Twenty teams will compete for the title. In the tournament's opener on Friday, Japan faces Russia.

The teams are split into four pools, with the top two in each advancing to the knockout stages.

Rugby World Cup Fan Zones Open

Rugby World Cup fan zones open

The Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan. The matches will be broadcast live at 16 public viewing sites, or fan zones, in 12 cities across the country.

The two fan zones in Tokyo are in Chofu City and Chiyoda Ward.

Rugby World Cup: Japan Set For Opening Kick-off

Rugby World Cup: Japan set for opening kick-off

The Rugby World Cup is set to kick off in Japan on Friday night. Over the next six weeks, 20 squads will compete for a shot at the title.

Forty-eight games will be held at 12 venues across the country. Among them is Kamaishi in northeastern Japan, a city devastated by the tsunami of 2011. The final will take place in Yokohama.

Rugby World Cup To Open In Japan

Rugby World Cup to open in Japan

The Rugby World Cup opens in Japan on Friday. It's the first time the tournament will be held in Asia.

The competition will continue through November 2, with a total of 48 matches scheduled at 12 venues.

Japan's Rugby Team Seen Off For World Cup

Japan's rugby team seen off for World Cup

More than 5,000 people gathered at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday to see off 29 members of Japan's rugby team. It will take part in the World Cup that starts in the country on September 20th.

Captain Michael Leitch said he wants to fight with a special feeling as the event will be held on home turf, and he wants the fans to support them with 100-percent of their energy.

Japan Names Squad For Rugby World Cup

Japan names squad for Rugby World Cup

Japan's squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup was announced on Thursday. The 31 members include captain Michael Leitch and hooker Shota Horie.

The players aim to book a spot in the final eight of the competition that kicks off on September 20 in Japan.

Rugby World Cup Trophy Brought To Mt. Fuji

Rugby World Cup trophy brought to Mt. Fuji

The Rugby World Cup trophy has been brought to the summit of Japan's highest peak, Mt. Fuji, ahead of the tournament that begins in the country next month.

The Webb Ellis Cup arrived in Japan in June and has been on a nationwide tour that includes the 12 cities where the World Cup matches will be played.

Coach, Players Comment After Loss In World Cup

Coach, players comment after loss in World Cup

The coach and players of Nadeshiko Japan spoke after failing to advance to the quarterfinals in the Women's World Cup in France.

Coach Asako Takakura said she felt sorry that the team could not turn scoring opportunities in the second half into goals.

Japan Loses To Netherlands In Women's World Cup

Japan loses to Netherlands in Women's World Cup

In Women's World Cup soccer in France, Japan lost to the Netherlands 2-1 in the first match of the knockout stage, failing to make it to the quarterfinals.

The world's seventh-ranked Japanese squad, nicknamed Nadeshiko, played the eighth-ranked Netherlands in the northwestern French city of Rennes on Tuesday.

Ticket Designs For Rugby World Cup Unveiled

Ticket designs for Rugby World Cup unveiled

The designs of tickets for the 2019 Rugby World Cup were unveiled in Tokyo on Monday, ahead of the tournament's kickoff in Japan in September.

Former national team skippers Takashi Kikutani and Toshiaki Hirose stood on stage beside giant replicas of the designs.