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Jun 11, 2016

England tops Australia in test series opener

England’s resurgence under Eddie Jones gained traction with a breakthrough 39-28 win over the Wallabies to open the three-test series against the Rugby World Cup finalists on Saturday. Jones took over in the wake of England’s dreadful group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup, ...

Jun 9, 2016

Sunwolves losing coach Hammett to Highlanders

There was mixed news for Japanese rugby from Dunedin, New Zealand, on Thursday as the Highlanders confirmed their coaching staff for the 2017 Super Rugby season. The bad news is that the Sunwolves will need a new head coach after it was confirmed that ...

Jun 8, 2016

South Africa beats Japan in World Rugby Under-20 Championship

For around 35 minutes on Tuesday, Japanese rugby fans and neutrals around the world could be forgiven for thinking lightning was about to strike twice as Japan led South Africa in a test match. Three first-half tries from Tokai University wing Ataata Moeakiola had ...

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

Jun 8, 2016

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru said Wednesday he will play in the French Top 14 with Toulon from August. “As it has been announced today, it’s been decided I will play at Toulon from August in the French league,” Goromaru said on his official blog ...

Jun 2, 2016

England arrives in Australia for three-test tour

England’s rugby squad arrived Down Under on Thursday for a three-test series led by its Australian coach Eddie Jones, who didn’t take long to complain about how he and his players are set to be treated during the June tour. The former Wallabies mentor ...

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

Jun 1, 2016

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

Harumichi Tatekawa will captain Japan when it plays Canada on June 11 in Vancouver, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday, after captain-elect Shota Horie withdrew from the tour party. Having named an initial 33-man squad on Monday, the JRFU has decided 10 players ...

Ono handed one-match ban for headbutt in Sunwolves' blowout loss

May 31, 2016

Ono handed one-match ban for headbutt in Sunwolves' blowout loss

Japan lock Hitoshi Ono has been suspended for the June 11 test match against Canada after he was sin-binned for headbutting an opponent in the Sunwolves’ 66-5 loss to the Brumbies last weekend, SANZAR announced on Tuesday. Ono was sin-binned just before halftime in ...

May 31, 2016

Japanese rugby players association established

The Japanese rugby players association was launched on Tuesday, with president Toshiaki Hirose saying he was confident it would improve the Japanese game. “I want to work with the firm belief the players association is an organization that will improve Japanese rugby,” said former ...

Japan sets squad for tests against Canada, Scotland

May 30, 2016

Japan sets squad for tests against Canada, Scotland

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Monday announced the 33-man squad that will play Canada and Scotland in June. The squad includes 16 members of the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad and five uncapped players. Heading the list of absentees are captain Michael Leitch ...

Sunwolves flattened by stampeding Brumbies

May 28, 2016

Sunwolves flattened by stampeding Brumbies

Without two of their best players in the first half, the Sunwolves lack of depth was glaringly obvious in a 66-5 Super Rugby beating at the hands of the Brumbies on Saturday. Lacking the intensity and creative spark of first-choice fly-half Tusi Pisi and ...

Japan men, women wrap up Asian rugby titles

May 28, 2016

Japan men, women wrap up Asian rugby titles

Japan once again proved it rules the roost of Asian rugby as the men and women’s teams both beat Hong Kong on Saturday to claim their respective Asia Rugby Championships. The Brave Blossoms ran in eight tries in a 59-17 victory, while the Sakura ...