rugby world cup 2019

New, old fans cheer Japan rugby win over Russia

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By Natsuko Fukue

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Well that was a great start! Even if it looked a bit ropey for Japan in the beginning.

Anybody else hear reports of disgruntled fans at some of the zones? A big complaint was the 30 inch screens being less than impressive.

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Good for Japan and the fans!

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Japan played well, but seriously, calling a rugby team “Blossoms”?! How....manly and intimidating...!

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Japan played well, but seriously, calling a rugby team “Blossoms”?! How....manly and intimidating...!

Good win, but over 30% of their squad, not being Japanese, also dilutes the title "Japan" imo

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A good win for sure.. But when you factor in that most of the Russian players

don't play professionally outside of Russia( only one player plays in Europe), this

was the likely outcome.

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Sorry. Russia has 2 players in Europe.

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Good win, but over 30% of their squad, not being Japanese, also dilutes the title "Japan" imo

If rugby catches on and the nationality eligibility rules stay as they are now, you will be hearing of countries like china and the oil rich middle east countries importing foreigners and making noise just as Japan is doing now. The eligibility rules are ridiculous and an utter joke and as greatly reduced my interest in the RWC.

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Great start! Japan was ropey in the first half but found some composure in the second half. Ireland is going to an interesting game. Best of luck to the Blossoms.

but seriously, calling a rugby team “Blossoms”?! How....manly and intimidating...!

So what! Do we really need to go down this route but stating a name is "man" enough? It is flower, get over it. South Africa is nicknamed the Springboks and Australia the Wallabies, hardly intimidating animals but phenomenal rugby teams.

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I can't repeat what I heard some of the viewers call Russia, last night!

Seriously, a smashing game and what an opening ceremony. Brought a tear to my eye.

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20 of the 41 members of the Japanese “national” team were born abroad.

Thats one watered down samurai team.

Wouldn’t be the case on a Japanese women’s rugby team or any women’s sport team in Japan.

That says much on the two genders in this country. The women shoulder the load from childhood and it’s reflected in the country’s adults.

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Good on them for winning the first game. Seemed rather nervous at first, but got in the groove. Russia isn't exactly a stellar team, though. We'll see how they do against Iran (#2 now?) as a better test.

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Japan have never gotten past their first pool, it was a lucky start. They'll be extremely lucky to make the quarter finals

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