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Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

With Japan set for a test match on Saturday, the Brave Blossoms’ first since their heroics at last year’s Rugby World Cup, former coach Eddie Jones is less than impressed with how things have panned out regarding his successor. “What other team, what serious team in the world has in ...

Apr 29, 2016

Tui to remain with Reds in 2017

Japan international Hendrik Tui will be back with the Reds next year, the Australian Super Rugby franchise announced Friday. The loose forward, who was part of Japan’s historic World Cup team last year, is now locked in for his third season in Queensland. “I’m ...

Sunwolves defeat Jaguares to earn first victory

Apr 23, 2016

Sunwolves defeat Jaguares to earn first victory

Japan’s Sunwolves stunned the Jaguares 36-28 in a pulsating clash of Super Rugby expansion teams Saturday to post their first win after a miserable run of seven successive defeats. It was a victory made in Samoa as flyhalf Tusi Pisi kept the Tokyo side ...

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Sunwolves coach Hammett decides against sweeping changes

Apr 21, 2016

Sunwolves coach Hammett decides against sweeping changes

Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes in the wake of his side being on the receiving end of the second biggest defeat in Super Rugby history last weekend. Five days after being beaten 92-17 by the Cheetahs, Hammett ...

Apr 21, 2016

Japan's Asia Rugby Championship team features little experience

Panasonic Wild Knights scrumhalf Keisuke Uchida will lead a very inexperienced side as Japan looks to maintain its mastery over South Korea and Hong Kong in the Asia Rugby Championship. Brave Blossoms interim coach Ryuji Nakatake named a 30-man squad that between them has ...

Apr 19, 2016

Winless Sunwolves add Kubota Spears' Kitagawa to training squad

The Sunwolves on Tuesday added Kubota Spears prop Kengo Kitagawa to their training squad ahead of this weekend’s match against the Jaguares. A team source said Kitagawa could be named to the 23 for the game on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground ...

Apr 19, 2016

Kobe appoints ex-Wallabies assistant McKay as new coach

Kobe Kobelco Steelers named former Wallabies and Tonga assistant Jim McKay as their new head coach on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Australian succeeds Allister Coetzee, who left to take over the Springboks. McKay will be the Steelers’ fourth head coach in four years, and will ...

Cheetahs crush hapless Sunwolves

Apr 16, 2016

Cheetahs crush hapless Sunwolves

The Sunwolves showed Friday why so many negative comments were made about the team before the Super Rugby season started. Those who see the glass half full will say the 92-17 loss to the Cheetahs at Toyota Stadium was an abnormality given the Sunwolves’ ...

All Blacks legend McCaw honored with Order of New Zealand

Apr 14, 2016

All Blacks legend McCaw honored with Order of New Zealand

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw said he was humbled to receive New Zealand’s top civic honor on Thursday, but also relieved he does not have to adopt the title “Sir Richie.” McCaw was bestowed with the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), which recognizes “outstanding ...

Top League boss Coetzee hired to lead Springboks

Apr 12, 2016

Top League boss Coetzee hired to lead Springboks

Allister Coetzee made the big jump from coaching Top League side Kobe Kobelco Steelers to running South Africa on Tuesday, when the appointment was announced by the South African Rugby Union. A former Springbok assistant, Coetzee coached Steelers to a fourth-place finish last season, ...

Apr 11, 2016

Sunwolves' Yamada, Makabe ruled out through injury

The Sunwolves have lost wing Akihito Yamada and lock Shinya Makabe to injuries, Japan’s first Super Rugby franchise said Sunday. Yamada, who has five tries so far in the team’s debut season, is expected to return to duty within two to three weeks. The ...