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Fiji triumphs at Hong Kong Sevens

Mar 29, 2015

Fiji triumphs at Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji produced a trademark flair-filled display to beat holders New Zealand 33-19 and win the 40th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens in front of a packed celebratory crowd on Sunday. The Pacific Islanders’ brute force and extreme pace, coupled with eye-catching goose steps ...

Mar 18, 2015

Jones says major shake-up needed in Japanese rugby

Brave Blossoms coach Eddie Jones said Wednesday that Japan’s rugby resources were spread too thin and there needed to be a major shake-up in the way the game is run here. Talking after Junior Japan (in essence Japan’s under 20s) went down to their ...

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

Mar 16, 2015

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

France beat Italy 29-0 in a turgid, error-strewn match in the Six Nations on Sunday, with little at stake for either side apart from pride. Yoann Maestri scored the opening try at the start of the second half after a fantastic break from Scott ...

Mar 4, 2015

Rugby World Cup boss says Japan has much work to do

Rugby World Cup head Alan Gilpin has stressed the local organizing committee and the Japan Rugby Football Union need to make the most of the remaining four years to ensure the World Cup tournament is a success. “The next stage is to bed in ...

Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

Mar 3, 2015

Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, one of the Tohoku locales that was seriously damaged by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami four years ago, is among the 12 cities that will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup matches. On Monday, the host cities were decided in the ...

Mar 1, 2015

Wales keeps Six Nations dream alive

Wales kept its Six Nations hopes alive with a fourth straight victory over France as it triumphed 20-13 at the Stade de France on Saturday. It was Wales’ second successive win in Paris and means it is still in the mix for overall Six ...

Feb 28, 2015

Yamaha captures All-Japan crown

Yamaha Jubilo won the All-Japan Championship on Saturday, defeating Suntory Sungoliath 15-3 in the final. Jubilo dominated possession for long stretches with an unimaginative game plan, but were sure in their tackles when forced to defend. Sungoliath tried to counter with some creative play, ...

Suntory, Yamaha to meet in All-Japan final

Feb 22, 2015

Suntory, Yamaha to meet in All-Japan final

Yamaha Jubilo will meet Suntory Sungoliath in the final of the All-Japan Championship following Sunday’s two semifinals at Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Ground. Top League runnerup Yamaha beat Toshiba Brave Lupus 21-9, while Suntory downed league champion Panasonic 31-25 to ruin the Wild Knights’ hopes ...

Feb 20, 2015

Pacific Nations Cup schedule released

Japan will open its Pacific Nations Cup campaign on July 18 against Canada in San Jose, California, the Japan Rugby Football Union and World Rugby said Friday. The Brave Blossoms will play the United States on July 24 in Sacramento in the same U.S. ...

Feb 19, 2015

Kamaishi has shot to be RWC host

The city of Kamaishi, in Iwate Prefecture, one of areas devastated in the Great East Japan Earthquake, is among the 12 host cities being proposed by the Japanese organizing committee as part of multiple plans for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, an informed source ...