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May 17, 2016

Goromaru set to join Toulon next season

Ayumu Goromaru, Japan’s 2015 Rugby World Cup hero, has reached a basic agreement to join French first-division club Toulon next season, Kyodo News learned Tuesday. The 30-year-old fullback is in the final round of negotiations with the three-time European champions and a deal could ...

May 16, 2016

Wallaby legend Smith returning to Suntory

Suntory Sungoliath confirmed Monday that George Smith was returning to the club for the 2016-2017 Top League season. The former Wallaby previously played for Sungoliath from 2011-2014 before heading to Europe. Last week Smith, who won 111 caps for Australia, was named the Players’ ...

May 14, 2016

Goromaru scores three penalties in second start for Reds

Ayumu Goromaru made his second start for the Reds and kicked three penalties on Saturday, scoring nine points for his best tally in Super Rugby as his side fell 29-14 to the Hurricanes. “I’m happy to be able to put on the No. 15 ...

May 13, 2016

Brave Blossom Hatakeyama satisfied with stint in England

Former Japan coach Eddie Jones has long said players and coaches need to go overseas to broaden their horizons. It was a message he often expounded on in Japan and one he recently gave English Premiership coaches in his new role as England boss. ...

May 12, 2016

Sunwolves make three lineup changes for upcoming match

The Sunwolves team to take on the Stormers in Singapore on Saturday shows three changes to the side that lost 40-22 to the Western Force last weekend in Tokyo. Coach Mark Hammett named his side Thursday shortly after it landed in Singapore. Captain Shota ...

May 12, 2016

Rugby World Cup draw to take place in Japan in May 2017

World Rugby announced Wednesday the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will be held in the country in May 2017, the first time it will be conducted outside Britain or Ireland. The draw will be made based on the World Rugby ...

May 12, 2016

World Rugby's Pichot criticizes sport's residency rules

Agustin Pichot, the newly elected World Rugby vice-chairman, says rugby’s residency rules are “wrong” and must be changed. The former Argentine scrum-half insisted that the current situation, where players can play for a country they have no affiliation to after playing in the country ...

May 10, 2016

Brave Blossoms announce 43-man provisional squad for June tests

Japan interim coach Mark Hammett named an extended squad on Tuesday ahead of the June tests against Canada and Scotland. Despite having hinted he may take the month off, Michael Leitch has been included along with 18 other players who helped the Brave Blossoms ...

May 10, 2016

Scotland at full strength for upcoming Japan rugby tour

Scotland will be at full strength for its two-test rugby tour of Japan next month because it cannot afford to rest players. Practically all of the 27-man squad named on Monday competed in the Rugby World Cup and Six Nations this season. Coach Vern ...

May 10, 2016

Former All Blacks coach Henry to work with Warriors

World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry is taking his talents to a rugby league, announcing Tuesday he has teamed up with the Warriors in the Australian National Rugby League. Henry, who guided the All Blacks to the 2011 World Cup after stints with ...

May 7, 2016

Japan pounds Hong Kong in ARC match

An inexperienced Japan side recorded another dominant win in the Asia Rugby Championship with a 38-3 victory over Hong Kong on Saturday. Interim coach Ryuji Nakatake’s young side crossed the whitewash six times following an 85-0 thrashing of South Korea on home soil a ...