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/ 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 ...