A huge congratulations to the Cherry Blossoms on their stunning win over the Springboks from Brighton this morning.
Here’s some rare footage from their only other RWC victory – when they demolished Zimbabwe by 51 to 8. That game was played at Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast, and featured a lot of hoops in the jerseys.
Here are two retro matches to show how far Japan have come. The first is from the 1987 RWC, where they took on the United States, from a rather empty Ballymore Oval in Brisbane, in which the US managed a 3 point win.
1987 Group Stages: United States 21 – Japan 18
The second is from the 1991 World Cup, Lansdowne Road in Dublin – where Ireland won 32-16.