12 Jan '17, 7am

Japan target glory at #Singapore7s

Japan target glory at #Singapore7s

It was a stellar 2016 for Japan's rugby 7s team who claimed promotion to the HSBC World Sevens Series as a core team after winning the Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. At last August's Rio Olympics, Japan stunned world champions New Zealand 14-12 in their opening pool match before eventually finishing fourth. Encouraged by their results last year and buoyed by a new head coach in Kiwi Damian Karauna, the Japan 7s team will be counting on crowd support at the 2017 HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens in April to land their first HSBC World Sevens Series medal. Last month, Japan appointed former All Black Karauna to spearhead their 7s programme before the 2016-17 HSBC World Sevens Series kicked off in Dubai. The 41-year-old also served as an assistant and skills coach with the All Blacks Sevens team from 2012 to last year. At last month's season-opening Dubai Sevens, Japan fielded a vastl...

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