Advertisements
Scotland winger Sean Maitland spent Saturday night with his cousin Quade Cooper

SCRUM’S THE WORD: Japan’s papers go crazy with a total circulation of 50m after Ireland win… and Wales turned their team room into a barber shop!

  • Scotland’s Sean Maitland spent Saturday night with his cousin Quade Cooper
  • James Dean Bradfield surprised Wales followers with an impromptu gig 
  • Japan’s newspapers went crazy for the titanic victory in Shizuoka over Ireland
Advertisements

Scotland winger Sean Maitland spent Saturday night with his cousin, controversial Australian playmaker Quade Cooper. 

The pair met up in Kobe, which is a 30-minute train ride from Cooper’s new home in Osaka. 

Cooper has been exiled from the Wallabies set-up and currently plays for the Kintetsu Liners.

Scotland winger Sean Maitland spent Saturday night with his cousin Quade Cooper

Advertisements

Scotland winger Sean Maitland spent Saturday night with his cousin Quade Cooper

Manic street preachers front-man James Dean Bradfield surprised Wales followers with an impromptu gig in the fan zone on Friday night. 

Bradfield is a huge Wales fan and invited Jamie Roberts, the guitar-playing centre, on stage for a cameo performance.

Japan captain Michael Leitch was in such demand after the Ireland victory that a box was required to hold all of the media’s recording devices in the mixed zone.

Japan captain Michael Leitch was in such demand by the press after the Ireland victory

Japan captain Michael Leitch was in such demand by the press after the Ireland victory

Japan captain Michael Leitch was in such demand by the press after the Ireland victory

Japan’s newspapers went crazy for the titanic victory in Shizuoka.

Advertisements

For the first time since the Brave Blossoms beat South Africa in Brighton in 2015, rugby was on every national front page — a total circulation of over 50 million.

Wales turned their team room into a barber shop before Sunday’s win against Australia. 

Josh Navidi’s brother, who runs a hair salon back home in Bridgend, gave trims to Hallam Amos, Tomas Francis and Hadleigh Parkes.