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Feb 5, 2017

England beats France in Six Nations opener

Replacement Ben Te’o’s last-gasp try scrambled defending champion England to a 19-16 Six Nations win over arch-rival France on a thrilling opening day in the tournament. Stuart Hogg was Scotland’s two-try hero as it surged to a 21-5 lead over Ireland before going 21-22 ...

Feb 2, 2017

Wild Knights acquire Teikyo University's Matsuda

Days after coming up short in the national championship, the Top League’s Panasonic Wild Knights bolstered their roster with the addition of Teikyo University star Rikiya Matsuda. The 22-year-old back made his debut for Japan last summer against Canada and followed that by appearing ...

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

Feb 1, 2017

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

The Sunwolves held their first training session Wednesday, just 24 days before they open their 2017 Super Rugby season against the defending champions, the Hurricanes. Only three days after the domestic season finished with a bruising All-Japan Championship final, the squad was put through ...

Australian 'Boss' Giteau to leave Toulon for Japan

Jan 30, 2017

Australian 'Boss' Giteau to leave Toulon for Japan

Matt Giteau on Monday announced his departure from Toulon at the end of the French Top 14 season to embark on a new chapter in his career in Japan. “Taking this decision was the most difficult of my rugby career but it’s the best ...

Jan 30, 2017

Top League overhauls format again

The Top League will undergo yet another change next season, as the Japan Rugby Football Union tries to give Super Rugby side the Sunwolves more preparation time amid concerns for the welfare of the nation’s top players. The 2017-18 season, which is set to ...

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

Jan 29, 2017

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

Suntory Sungoliath completed the league and cup double on Sunday as they beat Panasonic Wild Knights 15-10 in a pulsating All-Japan Championship final. In front of a full house of 20,196 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, five penalties from Kosei Ono saw Keisuke ...

Jan 28, 2017

Kintetsu, Coca-Cola, Toyota Industries remain in Top League

The makeup of next season’s Top League was determined Saturday following the final round of promotion playoffs, with the three incumbents all keeping their place in the top flight with wins over the second- to fourth-ranked regional teams. In Osaka, the Kintetsu Liners were ...

Jan 27, 2017

JRFU announces venues for Brave Blossoms' June test matches

Japan’s June tests against Romania and Ireland will be played at 2019 Rugby World Cup venues in Kumamoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday. Japan host Romania on June 10 at Kumamoto’s Umakana-Yokana Stadium, which will be renamed Egao Kenko ...

Jan 26, 2017

Japan winger Kodama joins Super Rugby's Rebels

Japan winger Kentaro Kodama has signed to play for the Melbourne Rebels in the 2017 Super Rugby competition. The 24-year-old Kodama, who played for the Sunwolves in their debut season last year, has agreed to a one-year contract. He will play alongside Japan teammate ...

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

Jan 21, 2017

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

The 54th All-Japan Championship final will feature a matchup between two of rugby’s greatest-ever back-row forwards following Saturday’s semifinals at Hanazono Rugby Ground. George Smith’s Suntory Sungoliath remained on track for the league and cup double as they beat Teikyo University 54-29, while David ...

Jan 18, 2017

University rugby teams to be left out of national championships

University rugby, the traditional center of the game in Japan, will no longer have a place in the national championships, the Japan Rugby Football Union decided on Wednesday. Starting next season, the championship will be contested by the first four finishers from the Top ...