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Sunwolves coach Hammett puts Japan interim talk on hold

Feb 10, 2016

Sunwolves coach Hammett puts Japan interim talk on hold

Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett said Tuesday he had heard the rumors he could be interim Japan coach but that at the moment he was too busy preparing for the new Super Rugby season to contemplate taking on two roles. Speaking to Kyodo News ...

Panasonic beats Teikyo University to complete trophy double

Jan 31, 2016

Panasonic beats Teikyo University to complete trophy double

Panasonic Wild Knights wrapped up the domestic rugby season by beating Teikyo University 49-15 to claim the 53rd All-Japan Championship at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday. The Wild Knights, who won their fourth Top League title last week, now have five cup ...

Japan names Joseph as next Brave Blossoms head coach

Jan 21, 2016

Japan names Joseph as next Brave Blossoms head coach

Jamie Joseph said Thursday his main motivation for leaving Super Rugby champions the Highlanders to become head coach of the Brave Blossoms was the chance to lead Japan when it hosts the 2019 World Cup. “It’s really hard to leave but I want to ...

Jan 18, 2016

Former All Black Tiatia takes Sunwolves coaching role

Former All Blacks back-row forward Filo Tiatia will be the forwards coach for the Sunwolves, Japan’s new Super Rugby team, Kyodo News learned Monday. In a letter on Facebook to Scots College in his hometown of Wellington, where he has been working as director ...

Jan 17, 2016

Sanix stays on course in Top Challenge Series

Munakata Sanix Blues remained on course to win the Top Challenge Series on Sunday with a 61-14 victory over Kyuden Voltex at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Karne Hesketh — who scored Japan’s winning try against South Africa at Rugby World Cup 2015 — ...

Panasonic, Toshiba reach Top League final

Jan 16, 2016

Panasonic, Toshiba reach Top League final

The Top League winners’ pennant will fly over a familiar training ground from the week after next after three-time champions Panasonic Wild Knights and five-time league winners Toshiba Brave Lupus advanced to the LIXIL Cup final. Two-time defending champion Panasonic beat Kobe Kobelco Steelers ...

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

Jan 9, 2016

Wild Knights open playoffs in style

Panasonic Wild Knights remained on course for a third straight Top League title Saturday as they beat Canon Eagles 46-6 in the opening round of the LIXIL Cup, the playoff tournament to determine the league champions. Panasonic coach Robbie Deans’ team ran in four ...

Many questions remain for Japan's Sunwolves

Jan 7, 2016

Many questions remain for Japan's Sunwolves

With just over seven weeks to go until the Sunwolves make their Super Rugby debut against the Johannesburg-based Lions in Tokyo, the good news is the team finally have a coach and a full roster of players. But the Dec. 21 announcement of Mark ...

Brave Blossoms' Sa'u picks Auckland over Sunwolves

Dec 14, 2015

Brave Blossoms' Sa'u picks Auckland over Sunwolves

Japan’s new Super Rugby side received yet another snub Monday with the news Male Sa’u has signed a one-year deal with the Auckland-based Blues. The 28-year-old Yamaha Jubilo center is the fifth member of Japan’s Rugby World Cup squad to opt to play for ...