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Japan beats S. Korea to clinch Asia Rugby Championship

May 9, 2015

Japan beats S. Korea to clinch Asia Rugby Championship

Japan won the Asia Rugby Championship on Saturday with a game to spare by beating South Korea 66-10 at Level-5 Stadium. Following on from their seven straight Asian 5 Nations titles, the Brave Blossoms ensured they will travel to Hong Kong in two weeks ...

May 3, 2015

Japan remains perfect in ARC play

Akihito Yamada celebrated his brief return to Tokyo with a couple of tries as Japan beat Hong Kong 41-0 on Saturday to keep up its perfect start to the Asia Rugby Championship. But the speedster’s brace was one of the view bright spots on ...

Apr 23, 2015

JRFU chief Mori to step down in June

Yoshiro Mori, who heads the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said Thursday that he will step down as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union when his fifth term expires in June. The 77-year-old former Prime Minister had surgery in March for lung cancer. “Spending ...

Apr 22, 2015

Australia to allow overseas Wallabies

The Australian Rugby Union reacted to the flood of top players heading abroad on Wednesday with a groundbreaking policy shift which will allow experienced Wallabies playing at foreign clubs to be selected for test matches. Effective immediately, players with 60 caps who have played ...

Apr 20, 2015

Brave Blossoms get taste of England

Rugby fans in England, particularly in the towns of Brighton and Warwick, could be forgiven for doing a double take over the next few days. The Rugby World Cup doesn’t kick off for another five months, but the two towns are hosting the Japan ...

Officials hopeful new era of Asian rugby on horizon

Apr 18, 2015

Officials hopeful new era of Asian rugby on horizon

Saturday’s opening game of the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship may have marked a new era for the sport in the world’s largest continent, but Eddie Jones has his eyes set on only one thing. “The Rugby World Cup is all I care about,” the ...

Brave Blossoms outplay S. Korea

Apr 18, 2015

Brave Blossoms outplay S. Korea

Japan began the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship just as it left off the old Asian 5 Nations with a bonus-point win Saturday. But it was hardly a performance that will have worried South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and even the United States, its opponents at ...

Apr 15, 2015

Jones picks team for S. Korea clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones named his side Wednesday for Saturday’s game against South Korea, the first in the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship. Injuries and unavailability due to Super Rugby commitments saw Jones with just 26 players to choose from, meaning three players are in ...

Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to step down as JRFU president

Apr 6, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chief Mori to step down as JRFU president

Yoshiro Mori, who recently revealed he has had surgery to treat lung cancer, said Monday he is considering resigning as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union but still intends to retain his post as chief of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. “I’ve ...

Japan falls short at Tokyo Sevens

Apr 5, 2015

Japan falls short at Tokyo Sevens

Japan failed to exploit its strong start to the Tokyo Sevens on Sunday, when it crashed out with two straight defeats in the seventh event of World Rugby’s Sevens World Series. England capped a strong weekend in Tokyo with its first cup win in ...

Fiji triumphs at Hong Kong Sevens

Mar 29, 2015

Fiji triumphs at Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji produced a trademark flair-filled display to beat holders New Zealand 33-19 and win the 40th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens in front of a packed celebratory crowd on Sunday. The Pacific Islanders’ brute force and extreme pace, coupled with eye-catching goose steps ...