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Jun 10, 2015

All Black Mealamu hints at post-World Cup retirement

All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu says he will make a decision about his rugby future at the end of the year amid speculation he will end his 15-year professional career after the World Cup in England. The 36-year-old, who will play his 175th and ...

Jun 5, 2015

Ex-All Black Collins, 34, killed in crash

Former New Zealand rugby international Jerry Collins was killed Friday along with his wife when a bus crashed into their car in southern France, local officials said. Collins, 34, who was capped 48 times for the All Blacks, was near the town of Beziers ...

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

Jun 1, 2015

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

A week after returning from Hong Kong following the shortened finale to the Asia Rugby Championship, Japan coach Eddie Jones was still seething Sunday about the game being called off and the Brave Blossoms’ subsequent drop in the world rankings. “Because it’s Japan everyone ...

May 24, 2015

ARFU boss defends rainout decision

President of the Asian Rugby Football Union Trevor Gregory said Sunday the decision to abandon Saturday’s game between Japan and Hong Kong was “absolutely the right choice given the conditions.” Torrential rain and flooding left areas of the field at Aberdeen Sports Ground looking ...

Japan beats S. Korea to clinch Asia Rugby Championship

May 9, 2015

Japan beats S. Korea to clinch Asia Rugby Championship

Japan won the Asia Rugby Championship on Saturday with a game to spare by beating South Korea 66-10 at Level-5 Stadium. Following on from their seven straight Asian 5 Nations titles, the Brave Blossoms ensured they will travel to Hong Kong in two weeks ...

May 3, 2015

Japan remains perfect in ARC play

Akihito Yamada celebrated his brief return to Tokyo with a couple of tries as Japan beat Hong Kong 41-0 on Saturday to keep up its perfect start to the Asia Rugby Championship. But the speedster’s brace was one of the view bright spots on ...

Apr 23, 2015

JRFU chief Mori to step down in June

Yoshiro Mori, who heads the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said Thursday that he will step down as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union when his fifth term expires in June. The 77-year-old former Prime Minister had surgery in March for lung cancer. “Spending ...

Apr 22, 2015

Australia to allow overseas Wallabies

The Australian Rugby Union reacted to the flood of top players heading abroad on Wednesday with a groundbreaking policy shift which will allow experienced Wallabies playing at foreign clubs to be selected for test matches. Effective immediately, players with 60 caps who have played ...

Apr 20, 2015

Brave Blossoms get taste of England

Rugby fans in England, particularly in the towns of Brighton and Warwick, could be forgiven for doing a double take over the next few days. The Rugby World Cup doesn’t kick off for another five months, but the two towns are hosting the Japan ...

Officials hopeful new era of Asian rugby on horizon

Apr 18, 2015

Officials hopeful new era of Asian rugby on horizon

Saturday’s opening game of the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship may have marked a new era for the sport in the world’s largest continent, but Eddie Jones has his eyes set on only one thing. “The Rugby World Cup is all I care about,” the ...

Brave Blossoms outplay S. Korea

Apr 18, 2015

Brave Blossoms outplay S. Korea

Japan began the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship just as it left off the old Asian 5 Nations with a bonus-point win Saturday. But it was hardly a performance that will have worried South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and even the United States, its opponents at ...