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Rugby fever draws Japan youth to New Zealand


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 the U.K. and ahead of Japan’s ...

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

Sep 21, 2016

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup


It’s been a year since Japan shocked the world with its stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in England. And ever since the Brave Blossoms’ breakthrough performance, rugby has been in a far brighter spotlight. As the host nation for ...

Sunwolves to open at home in '17

Sep 20, 2016

Sunwolves to open at home in '17

The Sunwolves will kick off their second Super Rugby season by playing the defending champions, the Hurricanes, in Tokyo in late February, tournament organizer SANZAAR said Tuesday. The fixture is just one of four games Filo Tiatia’s side will play in Tokyo. The other ...

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Sep 17, 2016

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Panasonic Wild Knights’ hopes of making it four straight Top League titles took a big hit Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as they fell to their second defeat of the season. Another poor day in the tight by the Panasonic pack was ...

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums

Sep 15, 2016

Savea awaits first All Blacks start

Rookie loose forward Ardie Savea has been named to make his first test start for the All Blacks against South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday. Savea, who has played five tests off the bench since making his debut against Wales in ...

Sep 14, 2016

Panasonic invited to compete against world's best at Brisbane Tens

The advancements made in Japanese rugby in recent years were recognized Wednesday with Robbie Deans and his Panasonic Wild Knights side helping to launch the Brisbane Global Tens at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. Set for Feb. 11-12, 2017, at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the ...

Tiatia named new Sunwolves coach

Sep 12, 2016

Tiatia named new Sunwolves coach

Filo Tiatia was named the new coach of the Sunwolves on Monday, agreeing to a two-year contract with the Japanese Super Rugby side. “I am very excited to become the head coach of (the Sunwolves) from the 2017 season and it is an honor ...

Sep 10, 2016

Ross guides NTT Communications past NEC

Isaac Ross may not have played for his country since 2009 but he showed Friday just why New Zealand is revered as the best rugby nursery in the world and the All Blacks one of the most successful teams in sports. The NTT Communications ...

Sep 7, 2016

All Blacks ready to face Pumas

New Zealand is planning to confound Argentina’s best efforts in their Rugby Championship clash this weekend and maintain the high tempo that has taken its game to new heights this season. The world champions will look to extend their latest winning streak to 14 ...

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 ...

Sep 4, 2016

Verblitz overpower Spears in Top League

Masakatsu Hikosaka scored a brace of tries as Toyota Verblitz beat Kubota Spears 27-10 in the Top League on Sunday. Playing at Sapporo’s Tsukisamu Stadium, Verblitz took the early lead on a seventh-minute Takaya Monji penalty, but South African Grant Hattingh dove over to ...