It is not just sumo that occupies the hearts and minds of Japanese sports fans, as this year’s Rugby World Cup is proving on a rapidly increasing basis.The Brave Blossoms are continuing their march towards a historic first quarter-final appearance and Saturday’s 38-19 win over Pool A rivals Samoa, a week on from their epic 19-12 victory over Ireland, sent Jamie Joseph’s team top of the group and leaves them needing a victory over Scotland in their final game next Sunday in Yokohama. Japan, it seems, is following every glorious moment of their team’s success on home soil with the cheers that erupted from the pub in downtown Fukuoka on Saturday night reminiscent of any celebration in Ireland at a Six Nations win or major championship success for the Boys In Green.As worrying as Ireland’s loss to the hosts the previous weekend was for followers of Joe Schmidt’s team, it will go down as a defining moment for the first Rugby World Cup on Asian soil.Yet whatever the attention rugby is receiving right now, the concern remains that a failure to reach the knockout stages in seven days could leave the oval-ball sport as something of an also-ran in the… Read full this story
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