Leitch looks to former All Blacks to inspire QF performance

2019-10-15 21:05

Japan’s inspirational rugby captain Michael Leich will be turning to advice from three former All Blacks in his quest to get his side into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

Leitch warns Boks: 'Scary' how good Japan can be

2019-10-14 08:42

Japan captain Michael Leitch has warned Rugby World Cup quarter-final opponents South Africa that lightning can strike twice.

Stir crazy - coffee for one for Japan captain Leitch

2019-10-12 11:09

Japan captain Michael Leitch has discovered a frustrating drawback to the side's storming RWC run - he can't pop out for a quiet coffee anymore.

Top players so far at the Rugby World Cup

2019-10-08 06:58

As the Rugby World Cup pool stages head into the final round, here is a look at some of the stand-out players so far.

Japan talisman Leitch benched for Ireland test

2019-09-26 10:14

Japan coach Jamie Joseph sprang a surprise by naming talismanic captain Michael Leitch on the bench for this weekend's clash with Ireland.

Japan triumph over USA in Pacific Nations Cup final

2019-08-10 09:04

The Brave Blossoms celebrated their return to the Pacific Nations Cup with a win over the United States in the final of the tournament.

Leitch says Jones changed Japan's rugby culture

2018-11-16 23:03

Michael Leitch paid tribute to Eddie Jones for changing Japan's rugby culture, on the eve of a Twickenham reunion with the now England boss.

Japan can chop down All Blacks, believes captain Leitch

2018-11-02 12:02

Japan captain Michael Leitch says the Brave Blossoms are capable of pulling off a shock victory over the mighty All Blacks this weekend.

Leitch to leave Chiefs to join Sunwolves

2017-04-26 11:53

Chiefs back-rower Michael Leitch will play for the Sunwolves, possibly as early as next year, after revealing he has signed a contract with them.

Chiefs' Leitch cited for dangerous tackle

2017-03-10 14:09

Michael Leitch of the Chiefs has been cited for alleged foul play during Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Hamilton.


May the sauce be with you: Fish eggs spawn Japan's RWC run

2019-10-15 13:44

For all the talk of samurai spirit, Japan have revealed an unusual recipe for their World Cup success...

Brave Blossoms lift typhoon-hit Japan with breakthrough

2019-10-13 15:43

Japan gave their typhoon-hit nation reason to celebrate when they edged Scotland to reach their first Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Leitch to lead Japan for typhoon-threatened Scotland clash

2019-10-11 07:36

Japan have handed the captaincy back to talismanic flank Michael Leitch for their typhoon-threatened match against Scotland.

Lappies retains Japan captaincy despite Leitch return

2019-10-03 11:47

Japan coach Jamie Joseph made three changes to the starting side who stunned Ireland for this weekend's clash with Samoa.

Japan's Leitch tense before World Cup opener

2019-09-18 09:03

Japan captain Michael Leitch says he's been "all over the place" in practice in the run-up to their Rugby World Cup opener against Russia.

Leitch says Japan can make RWC history

2019-06-13 11:53

Japan's rugby captain Michael Leitch warned that the "Brave Blossoms" will fear no one at this year's World Cup.

Japan won't 'bow down' to England

2018-11-15 07:30

Japan captain Michael Leitch has vowed his side will not "bow down" to England or their former coach Eddie Jones at Twickenham.

Leitch to ditch Chiefs for Sunwolves

2017-05-16 09:04

Japan rugby captain Michael Leitch says he will leave the Chiefs after this season with an eye towards joining Japanese side Sunwolves.

Chiefs suffer suspension blow

2017-03-12 09:53

The Chiefs will be without Michael Leitch for a week after he was suspended for a dangerous tackle.

Japan fans look for second RWC upset

2015-09-23 12:01

Excitement is growing across Japan that the country's players could prove their RWC win against SA was no fluke when they face Scotland.

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