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Teikyo wins eighth straight university rugby title

Jan 9, 2017

Teikyo wins eighth straight university rugby title

Teikyo University won an unprecedented eighth straight collegiate title Monday as it beat Tokai University 33-26 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. With Japan international Rikiya Matsuda steering the ship well at flyhalf, Masayuki Iwade’s men probably deserved the win but the neutrals in ...

Jan 8, 2017

Honda relegated from Top League after defeat

Honda Heat were relegated from the Japan Rugby Top League on Sunday following a 41-21 defeat to NEC Green Rockets at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The result means the Heat cannot finish above 16th despite one game remaining and will play next season ...

Sungoliath thrash Brave Lupus in Top League duel

Jan 7, 2017

Sungoliath thrash Brave Lupus in Top League duel

A hat trick of tries from Takaaki Nakazuru and another near-faultless display from Kosei Ono helped Suntory Sungoliath move ever closer to their fourth Top League title Saturday as they hammered Toshiba Brave Lupus 48-0. The victory at Ajinomoto Stadium not only gives Suntory ...

Jan 4, 2017

Rugby league's Bulls liquidated

Bradford Bulls, one of the most historic clubs in rugby league, have been liquidated, their general manager told the BBC on Tuesday. The Bulls — who were crowned English domestic champions six times, won the Challenge Cup five times and the World Club Challenge ...

Teikyo, Tokai set up university final rematch

Jan 2, 2017

Teikyo, Tokai set up university final rematch

Teikyo University and Tokai University will contest the 53rd collegiate rugby championship final following two contrasting semifinals at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Monday. Teikyo, aiming for its eighth straight title, was made to work hard by Tenri University before running away with ...

Dec 25, 2016

England's Mako Vunipola in doubt for Six Nations

England prop Mako Vunipola may join brother Billy on the sidelines for the Six Nations after Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall revealed his left knee injury could be serious. Vunipola, whose younger sibling and back-row forward Billy underwent knee surgery in November, damaged ...

Suntory routs Yamaha in marquee matchup

Dec 24, 2016

Suntory routs Yamaha in marquee matchup

Suntory Sungoliath put themselves in the driver’s seat for theTop League title Saturday thanks to a 41-24 win over Yamaha Jubilo in a showdown between first- and second-place teams. On a blustery day in front of 10,574 fans at Yamaha Stadium, Kosei Ono once ...

Dec 22, 2016

Franks to stay with All Blacks for 2019 Rugby World Cup

All Blacks prop Owen Franks has joined a growing group of top players who have re-signed with New Zealand Rugby through the 2019 World Cup. Franks, who turns 29 on Friday and is the second most-capped prop in All Blacks history with 90 test ...

Suntory runs winning streak to 12

Dec 17, 2016

Suntory runs winning streak to 12

Suntory Sungoliath maintained their unbeaten run in the Top League on Saturday with a 37-24 victory over Toyota Verblitz. The win at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture sees Suntory go first in the standings with 56 points from 12 games, though the Yamaha Jubilo ...

Dec 16, 2016

Sunwolves reveal roster additions

The Sunwolves added four more players to their squad ahead of their second season, the Japan-based Super Rugby franchise said Friday. Props Kanta Higashionna and Yasuo Yamaji, hooker Yusuke Niwai and lock Kazuhiko Usami, all of whom play for Canon Eagles in the Japan ...

Japan to host Australia for first time

Dec 15, 2016

Japan to host Australia for first time

Japan will host Australia on Nov. 4, 2017, in a landmark test match, the Japan Rugby Football Union and Australian Rugby Union jointly announced Thursday. The game, at a venue yet to be determined, will mark the first time the Wallabies and Brave Blossoms ...

Dec 14, 2016

Japan to play test matches against Ireland, Romania in June

The Japan Rugby Football Union confirmed Wednesday the dates for the Brave Blossoms’ tests against Romania and Ireland in June 2017. Romania visits Japan on June 10, with the Irish set for a two-test series on June 17 and 24. The venues for the ...