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Brave Blossoms' focus on PNC, not National Stadium fracas

Jul 18, 2015

Brave Blossoms' focus on PNC, not National Stadium fracas

The Japan XV tried to stay focused on the Pacific Nations Cup amid the National Stadium controversy that has left the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main stadium. “We’re not thinking about 2019,” stand-in captain Ayumu Goromaru said on the eve of Saturday’s ...

Jul 18, 2015

Naholo to miss Rugby World Cup

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo suffered a broken leg during his test debut against Argentina on Friday and has been ruled out of contention for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Fiji-born Naholo, who scored 13 tries for the Dunedin-based Highlanders during the Super Rugby ...

Jul 9, 2015

All Blacks coach Hansen named high chief of Samoan village

Three-time World Rugby Coach of the Year Steve Hansen has earned another accolade when the New Zealander was named an honorary high chief, or matai, of a Samoan village. The 56-year-old Hansen was given the title at a ceremony in the village of Vaiala ...

Jul 8, 2015

Free agent Hopgood determined to make World Cup squad

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Japan has for many years been criticized for the number of non-Japan-born players playing for its national rugby team. “Rugby mercenaries” is a term that has been used both within and from outside Japan, even though the Brave Blossoms are no different from England, ...

All Blacks beat Samoa in historic test match

Jul 8, 2015

All Blacks beat Samoa in historic test match

New Zealand overcame the ferocious tackling of an inspired Samoa team to complete a 25-16 win Wednesday in the All Blacks’ first-ever test match in the Pacific Island nation. New Zealand took a 12-3 lead to halftime and had to wait until the 46th ...

Highlanders capture first Super Rugby title

Jul 4, 2015

Highlanders capture first Super Rugby title

Flanker Elliott Dixon scored one try and provided the last pass in another by winger Waisake Naholo as the Highlanders shocked the Hurricanes 21-14 in Saturday’s final to win their first Super Rugby title. Dixon carried four defenders over the goalline for a 39th-minute ...

Jul 4, 2015

Tanaka in place to break new ground in Super Rugby

A day ahead of the Super Rugby Final against the Hurricanes, Japan and Highlanders scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka worked out on his own on Friday. If Tanaka gets into the game at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, he’ll be the first Japanese to play in the final ...

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

Jul 1, 2015

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

While the Japan Super Rugby franchise is struggling to get any players to commit to it, the Top League sides are having no such problems. On Wednesday, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes confirmed that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth and Wallaby fullback Israel Folau had both ...

Jun 25, 2015

Leitch to stay Brave Blossoms captain

Japan coach Eddie Jones, who will also serve as director of rugby of the new Japanese Super Rugby side, said Thursday that Michael Leitch would remain captain of the Brave Blossoms even though he had re-signed to play for the Chiefs next year rather ...