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Jul 19, 2014

Jones backs Japan Super Rugby team

Japan is the only logical choice for Super Rugby when the southern hemisphere’s elite provincial tournament expands into Asia in 2016, the country’s head coach Eddie Jones said Friday. Organisers SANZAR confirmed earlier this week that Japan and Singapore had tendered bids, but Jones ...

Jul 7, 2014

Japan to host Maori All Blacks series

Japan will host New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks in a two-match November series, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. “It gives us great pleasure to welcome the Maori All Blacks to Japan for the first time, following last autumn’s tour by the All ...

Jun 28, 2014

Former All Black Ellis to join Kobe

Former All Blacks scrumhalf Andy Ellis will play for Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers when the current Super Rugby season ends. Ellis, 30, who played the most recent of his 26 tests for New Zealand as a replacement in the 2011 World Cup final, will ...

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

Jun 21, 2014

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

England’s ambition of winning next year’s World Cup on home soil lay in ruins Saturday as they lost 36-13 in the third rugby test to a New Zealand team which completed a sweep of the three-test series and posted a world record 17th-straight test ...

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Jun 21, 2014

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Japan proved it’s ready to mix it with the big boys of world rugby Saturday, beating Italy 26-23 to pick up the team’s 10th straight win and first ever over the Azzurri. Inspired by some tremendous scrummaging the Brave Blossoms battered the opposition into ...

Jun 21, 2014

Australia sweeps France for first time

Australia completed its first 3-0 series sweep over France with a 39-13 victory in the third test on Saturday in a clear statement of attacking intent ahead of the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championships. Israel Folau’s two tries and a sparkling debut by giant lock ...

Jun 20, 2014

Brave Blossoms expect tough test against Azzurri

Italy captain Quintin Geldenhuys may have said Friday that the pitch at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was a “quick fast track,” and that he was looking forward to an “open, running game” when the Azzurri take on Japan on Saturday, but Japan ...

Jun 15, 2014

Brave Blossoms beat U.S. in PNC

Japan remained unbeaten in the Pacific Nations Cup with a 37-29 victory over the United States on Saturday. Fullback Ayumu Goromaru registered 17 points, converting all four of Japan’s tries and booting three penalties to help the Brave Blossoms secure a bonus-point victory. Ryu ...

Brave Blossoms rally to beat Canada

Jun 8, 2014

Brave Blossoms rally to beat Canada

Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as the Brave Blossoms came from behind to record their eighth straight win with a 34-25 victory over Canada in the Pacific Nations Cup. A disastrous end to the first half at Swangard Stadium had seen Japan ...

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

May 31, 2014

Japan sets win record by outclassing Samoa

Youth and experience combined to hand Japan a record seventh straight test-match win Friday as the Brave Blossoms beat Samoa 33-14 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The youthful exuberance came in the form of Yoshikazu Fujita, who grabbed a first-half brace of ...