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Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones overhauled his lineup on Monday for Wednesday’s Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji at BMO Field. Michael Leitch will lead a team looking to upset the ...

Jul 27, 2015

Wallabies playmaker Cooper apologizes for Twitter tirade

ydney Australia playmaker Quade Cooper has apologized for using an expletive in a Twitter outburst hours after the Wallabies beat Argentina in a Rugby Championship test at Mendoza over the weekend. Cooper, who has 455,000 followers on the social networking site, deleted the post ...

All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

Jul 26, 2015

All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

New Zealand came from behind to beat South Africa 27-20 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, laying down a big marker for its World Cup defense in two months. The top-ranked All Blacks overcame their closest rivals in the rankings at the Springboks’ favorite ...

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

Jul 25, 2015

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

The United States posted a confidence-boosting 23-18 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup on Friday. Less than three months before the same two teams clash at the World Cup, where they are in the same group, the U.S. survived late pressure to ...

Jul 23, 2015

Sopoaga, Broadhurst to make All Blacks debuts

Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga and lock James Broadhurst will make their test debuts for New Zealand in the Rugby Championship test against South Africa on Saturday. The 24-year-old Sopoaga steered the Dunedin-based Highlanders to the Super Rugby title this season, while Broadhurst was a key ...

Jul 22, 2015

Japan makes plenty of changes for PNC clash against U.S.

The Japan side that will take the field at Sacramento’s Bonney Field on Friday against the United States in the second round of the Pacific Nations Cup shows eight changes and one positional switch from the side that started last weekend’s 20-6 win over ...

Jul 19, 2015

Japan beats Canada in Pacific Nations Cup opener

Japan beat Canada 20-6 in its Pacific Nations Cup opener behind the goal kicking of captain Ayumu Goromaru on Saturday. Goromaru, filling in as skipper for Michael Leitch, had a personal haul of 15 points through five penalties. Yoshikazu Fujita scored the lone try ...

Brave Blossoms' focus on PNC, not National Stadium fracas

Jul 18, 2015

Brave Blossoms' focus on PNC, not National Stadium fracas

The Japan XV tried to stay focused on the Pacific Nations Cup amid the National Stadium controversy that has left the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main stadium. “We’re not thinking about 2019,” stand-in captain Ayumu Goromaru said on the eve of Saturday’s ...

Jul 18, 2015

Naholo to miss Rugby World Cup

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo suffered a broken leg during his test debut against Argentina on Friday and has been ruled out of contention for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Fiji-born Naholo, who scored 13 tries for the Dunedin-based Highlanders during the Super Rugby ...

Jul 9, 2015

All Blacks coach Hansen named high chief of Samoan village

Three-time World Rugby Coach of the Year Steve Hansen has earned another accolade when the New Zealander was named an honorary high chief, or matai, of a Samoan village. The 56-year-old Hansen was given the title at a ceremony in the village of Vaiala ...