Rugby fever draws Japan youth to New Zealand

Sep 23, 2016

Rugby fever draws Japan youth to New Zealand

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The rising popularity of rugby in Japan is having spinoff effects for the nation’s relationship with New Zealand as students increasingly choose to study in the rugby stronghold. After the Brave Blossoms’ historic victory against South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in ...

Sep 6, 2016

Tietjens retires as New Zealand sevens coach

Gordon Tietjens is retiring as New Zealand’s rugby sevens coach after 22 years during which he played a major role in the development of a sport which made its Olympics debut this year. The 60-year-old Tietjens told a news conference Tuesday it was time ...

Japan upsets Kiwis 14-12 in Olympic rugby sevens opener

Aug 10, 2016

Japan upsets Kiwis 14-12 in Olympic rugby sevens opener

First it was a World Cup upset for Japan. Now it’s the Olympics. For the second time in less than a year, Japan stunned a traditional rugby power at a global event — and it’s destined to keep people interested. Inspired by the win ...

Australia claims women's rugby sevens crown over New Zealand

Aug 9, 2016

Australia claims women's rugby sevens crown over New Zealand

The first Olympic rugby gold medal in 92 years has gone to a group of Australian women that includes a mechanic, an elite former sprinter and a 21-year-old newcomer who has traveled around Rio de Janeiro carrying an inflatable kangaroo. Australia absorbed an expected ...

U.S. women open bid for fourth straight gold with win

Aug 4, 2016

U.S. women open bid for fourth straight gold with win

Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored a goal in each half as the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, getting off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight ...

Jul 3, 2016

Williams siblings make New Zealand sevens squads

Brother and sister Sonny Bill and Niall Williams were named Sunday in the New Zealand men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams to compete at the Rio de Janiero Olympics. Sonny Bill Williams’ inclusion in the 12-strong men’s squad gives him a chance to add ...

All Blacks too much for Wales

Jun 18, 2016

All Blacks too much for Wales

Israel Dagg and Ben Smith marked their 50th test matches with tries as New Zealand beat Wales 36-22 in the second rugby test on Saturday for a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Dagg and Smith were drummed into new roles in a ...