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Kitagawa bags 100th Top League try in Panasonic win

Tomoki Kitagawa became just the second player to score 100 Top League tries Sunday as Panasonic Wild Knights overcame a controversial red card to beat Kubota Spears 34-25. Kitagawa’s try came in the 54th minute of the game at Ota Sports Park 10 minutes after Yasutaka Sasakura was sent off ...

All Blacks end year with hard-fought victory over France

Nov 27, 2016

All Blacks end year with hard-fought victory over France

New Zealand absorbed long spells of pressure to beat France 24-19 in clinical style at the Stade de France on Saturday. A year after being humiliated by the All Blacks 62-13 at the Rugby World Cup, the French put the world champions on the ...

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Nov 20, 2016

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Japan came within 20 seconds Saturday of once again shocking the rugby world. Despite missing a plethora of players through injury and self-imposed exile, the Brave Blossoms pushed Wales all the way before a last-gasp drop goal from Sam Davies saw the hosts win ...

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Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Nov 17, 2016

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Sam Warburton resumes the captaincy and Leigh Halfpenny switches to the wing for Wales, which has made 10 changes to its team to play Japan in Cardiff on Saturday. Warburton moves to openside flanker and regains the captain’s armband after Gethin Jenkins led the ...

Nov 16, 2016

Panasonic set for reunion with familiar faces at Brisbane Tens

Panasonic Wild Knights will face some familiar faces when they take part in the inaugural Global Brisbane Tens in February. The reigning Japan Rugby Top League champions are one of 14 sides taking part in the tournament and were drawn Wednesday in Pool A ...

Nov 16, 2016

Lemeki withdraws from Brave Blossoms tour

Japan wing Lomano Lava Lemeki has withdrawn from the Brave Blossoms’ tour of Europe due to an injury, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday. Lemeki started in Saturday’s 28-22 win over Georgia in Tbilisi, scoring two tries and playing nearly the whole game. ...

Japan's Ohata to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

Nov 14, 2016

Japan's Ohata to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

Former Japan international Daisuke Ohata will be inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame this week, the international governing body announced Monday. Ohata, 41, who played for Kobe Kobelco Steelers, Japan and the Japan sevens team, is the current world record holder for most ...

Goromaru makes first Toulon start

Nov 14, 2016

Goromaru makes first Toulon start

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru started his first game for Toulon on Sunday as he played the full 80 minutes in his side’s 31-12 win over Stade Francais in the French Top 14. The 30-year-old, who made his Toulon debut a week earlier off the ...

Nov 10, 2016

Karauna named new Japan sevens coach

Japan sevens coaches Tomohiro Segawa and Keiko Asami have both stood down from their roles, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. Segawa, who led the Japan men’s team to a fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympics, will be replaced by New Zealander Damian ...

Nov 7, 2016

Goromaru makes Toulon debut

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru made his debut for Toulon in the French Top 14 on Sunday, coming off the bench in the 56th minute of his team’s 27-13 defeat away to Lyon. Goromaru, who has been out of action since May after hurting his ...