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Ono eager to taste victory at 2015 Rugby World Cup

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Hitoshi Ono, a veteran lock for Japan’s national team, is set to make his third appearance at the Rugby World Cup and said with a smile that playing on the sport’s biggest stage never gets old. “In order to make the team for the World Cup, you’ve got to avoid ...

Aug 30, 2015

Miracle cure hands Naholo place in All Blacks World Cup squad

Injured winger Waisake Naholo was named Sunday in New Zealand’s squad to defend the Rugby World Cup as the selectors trusted a Fijian folk healer to repair Naholo’s broken leg in time for the tournament’s pool rounds. Naholo suffered a cracked tibia in his ...

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums

Aug 28, 2015

Burgess selected to England squad for Rugby World Cup

Nine months after playing his first game of rugby union, Sam Burgess completed a remarkable rise to England’s squad for the Rugby World Cup on Thursday in the most divisive selection by coach Stuart Lancaster. Burgess was included as one of four centers in ...

Rugby chiefs set Japan World Cup deadline

Aug 27, 2015

Rugby chiefs set Japan World Cup deadline

World Rugby has demanded Japan send a new proposal for its 2019 World Cup venues and provide assurances about the tournament’s “financial security” after Tokyo’s National Stadium was scrapped as the centerpiece venue. A new National Stadium was to stage the opening match, the ...

Aug 27, 2015

England's Cipriani set for World Cup ax

Danny Cipriani had been omitted from host England’s squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, the BBC and other British media organizations reported Wednesday. The 27-year-old Sale playmaker pressed his case for inclusion in a 31-man squad that was to be announced by coach ...

Kiyomiya rips Japan coach Jones over discussion of future

Aug 26, 2015

Kiyomiya rips Japan coach Jones over discussion of future

Former rugby star Katsuyuki Kiyomiya ripped Japan Eddie Jones for addressing his future ahead of the Rugby World Cup, saying the incumbent coach has distracted the team during the final stages of preparation. Jones on Tuesday announced that he will step down after the ...

Jones to leave Japan following 2015 RWC

Aug 25, 2015

Jones to leave Japan following 2015 RWC

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Japan coach Eddie Jones is stepping down after the Rugby World Cup, he confirmed on Tuesday. Speaking from Miyazaki, where the Brave Blossoms are in camp ahead of the upcoming World Cup, Jones said he wanted to quash all the rumors and innuendo so ...

Aug 24, 2015

Japanese women qualify for sevens series

Japan beat Ireland 13-12 in the final of the Women’s Sevens Dublin tournament on Sunday, securing a core team place in the Women’s Sevens Series for next season after triumphing in all six games over the weekend. Japan allowed a 12-0 lead to the ...