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Hong Kong wins big in Airlines Cup final

Dec 18, 2011

Hong Kong wins big in Airlines Cup final

Playing off the South American continent for the first time, Brazil ended its participation in the Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations with a 37-3 loss Friday to champion Hong Kong. Hong Kong won the inaugural tournament, which its rugby union coinitiated with the host ...

Late Canadian rally spoils Japan's winning ambitions

Sep 28, 2011

Late Canadian rally spoils Japan's winning ambitions

Japan’s Pool A World Cup finale had a “been there, done that” feeling for Japan. After the tournament began with such promise for the Brave Blossoms, the stale atmosphere of Japan’s 23-23 draw against Canada at McLean Park was a bitter, but familiar, way ...

Japan has slim hopes dashed at World Cup

Sep 22, 2011

Japan has slim hopes dashed at World Cup

Japan fly-half James Arlidge might have won the hearts of Rugby World Cup spectators as man of the match against France, but facing Tonga, Arlidge’s boot proved to be unreliable for the Brave Blossoms. Arlidge missed conversions that ensured the Japanese would fall from ...

All Blacks validate superiority with rout

Sep 17, 2011

All Blacks validate superiority with rout

The Brave Blossoms had momentum after a confidence-building opener against France, but that wave hit a wall the second time out. A big, All Black wall. Japan had upset on its mind against Les Bleus, but Friday against host nation New Zealand, the Brave ...

Japan's spirited effort not enough to upset France

Sep 11, 2011

Japan's spirited effort not enough to upset France

Japan earned some respect from a European rival, even if it fell short of earning a victory. Even if the final score of 47-21 of Japan’s loss to France might not show it, the Brave Blossoms played a tight and competitive game Saturday at ...

Sungoliath earn title

Feb 28, 2011

Sungoliath earn title

Rugby legend George Gregan finished his illustrious career in style, helping Suntory Sungoliath hoist the All Japan Cup on Sunday. Suntory defeated the Sanyo Wild Knights 37-20 in the 48th All-Japan Championship in front of 14,477 spectators at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. ...

Wild Knights put Sanyo name in playoff title record books

Jan 31, 2011

Wild Knights put Sanyo name in playoff title record books

The Sanyo Wild Knights will always remember their first time, even if it is likely their last. Playing an inspired second half, Sanyo outmaneuvered Suntory Sungoliath for a 28-23 victory Sunday at Prince Chichibu Rugby Memorial Ground in Tokyo, giving the Wild Knights their ...