The Pacific Nations Cup saw Japan at fourth place this year after defeating the United States, 38-20, last Sunday. With 2 wins and 2 losses, Japan finished with 9 points in the annual Rugby Union tournament among Pacific nations, which also included Fiji, Canada, and Tonga.
Yoshikazu Fujita led the Brave Blossoms in tries and conversations resulting to Japan’s 38-20 win against the Eagles in the tournament’s seventh week. Male Sa’u, Hendrik Tui, skipper Toshiake Hirose, Fumiake Tanaka, and Ayumu Goromaru also joined the 19-year old winger from Waseda University. Compared to Japan, only three players – Chris Wyles, Eric Fry, and Luke Hume – managed to score tries for the United States.
At 16 points, with 3 wins and a loss, Fiji is this year’s Pacific Rugby tournament champions. Canada, also with 3 wins and a loss, finished as the runner-up, at 3 points less than Fiji. Tonga placed third at 10 points, with 2 wins and 2 losses while the U.S., losing all matches, settled at the bottom rank. The Japan and U.S. fixture was held at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo. Japan hosted five of the matches for the Pacific Nations Cup, two in Tokyo as well as Nagoya with one match in Kanagawa. Canada hosted three, which were in Edmonton, Ontario, and Ottawa. The United States and Fiji also hosted one match each, in California and Latuoka, respectively.
[via Global Post]