Japan reflects on uneven performance

Japan coach Jamie Joseph was not a happy man following his team’s 47-29 victory over South Korea this past weekend at Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Field. The former New Zealand and Japan international said his team, which contained 11 new caps, had been “out-passioned” by the South Koreans and that ...

/ Apr 20, 2017

Tiatia makes changes to Sunwolves lineup

Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia rung the changes in naming his team Thursday to take on the Highlanders in Invercargill, New Zealand, this weekend. Tiatia’s run-on XV shows seven changes and one positional switch from the side that started last week’s 50-3 loss to the ...

/ Apr 19, 2017

Japan names match-day squad for ARC opener

Japan coach Jamie Joseph named his first match-day squad of 2017 Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s Asia Rugby Championship opener with South Korea in Incheon. Scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare leads the 23-man squad, which contains 11 uncapped players as the Brave Blossoms look to continue their ...

Unbeaten Crusaders crush Sunwolves

/ Apr 14, 2017

Unbeaten Crusaders crush Sunwolves

Winger Manasa Mataele scored three tries while his uncle and teammate Seta Tamanivalu languished in the sin-bin as the Crusaders crushed the Sunwolves 50-3 Friday to remain unbeaten after seven Super Rugby matches. All Blacks center Tamanivalu was sin-binned in the 29th minute for ...

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Sunwolves make changes ahead of match against Crusaders

/ Apr 12, 2017

Sunwolves make changes ahead of match against Crusaders

Ed Quirk returns from injury and will lead the Sunwolves against the Crusaders at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium on Friday, in what will be the Japanese franchise’s first game on New Zealand soil. The Australian-born flanker leads a side that shows eight changes from the ...

/ Apr 11, 2017

Goromaru expected to leave Toulon: source

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru looks set to leave French first-division club Toulon, a source close to the matter said Tuesday. The source said the 31-year-old Goromaru is considering not renewing his deal with Toulon and is looking for a new club to play for ...

Sunwolves welcome Super Rugby reshuffle

/ Apr 10, 2017

Sunwolves welcome Super Rugby reshuffle


The Sunwolves responded Monday to the reduction in the number of Super Rugby teams and their move to the Australian Conference, saying the reduced traveling and more favorable time zones will help the side both on and off the field. “We will continue competing ...

Sunwolves survive Super Rugby cull

/ Apr 9, 2017

Sunwolves survive Super Rugby cull

The Sunwolves will remain part of Super Rugby despite the tournament being cut by three teams, it was announced Sunday. SANZAAR — the body that runs Southern Hemisphere rugby — said that from 2018, Super Rugby will be a 15-team competition with the South ...

/ Apr 4, 2017

Concussion lawsuit could impact rugby

A landmark concussion lawsuit by a former National Rugby League player has rocked Australia’s sporting community and could have far-reaching consequences for how the condition is diagnosed and treated. While sport often dominates headlines in Australia, experts want more focus on head knocks — ...