Kotaro Matsushima

Victorious Japan kick off Asia’s first Rugby World Cup in style

  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the home fans decked out in red and white replica shirts as Kotaro Matsushima’s hat-trick ensured a 30-10 bonus-point win over Russia
  • The six-week tournament promises to be one of the most open in history with several teams considered capable of denying New Zealand an unprecedented third straight title
By AFP ·