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Aug 11, 2015

World XV players arrive in Japan

The main bulk of the World XV side to play the Brave Blossoms on Saturday arrived in Japan on Tuesday morning with coach Robbie Deans saying the invitation side covered “both extremes.” “We’ve got guys who have been there and done that and won ...

Argentina claims historic win over South Africa

Aug 9, 2015

Argentina claims historic win over South Africa

Argentina beat South Africa for the first time in a test on Saturday, pushing the Springboks’ World Cup plans toward turmoil with a 37-25 victory in the final round of the Rugby Championship. Argentina scored four tries at Kings Park, three in the first ...

Aug 5, 2015

Wallaby-heavy World XV squad set to face Japan

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The World XV to take on Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Aug. 15 was announced Wednesday and it contains a number of Wallabies still hoping to make it to this year’s Rugby World Cup. Former Australia coach Robbie Deans, now in ...

Aug 4, 2015

Fiji beats Samoa for Pacific Nations Cup title

Fiji fired a warning shot to Rugby World Cup host England Monday with a sparkling attacking performance to down tough-tackling Samoa 39-29 and win the Pacific Nations Cup. Just under seven weeks from their opening World Cup fixture against England at Twickenham on Sept. ...

Aug 2, 2015

Japan makes changes for third-place playoff

The Japan side to play Tonga for third place in the Pacific Nations Cup shows five changes and one positional switch from the side that started the narrow loss to Fiji last Wednesday. Michael Leitch captains the side while vice captain Ayumu Goromaru is ...

Jul 31, 2015

Blue Bulls thrash Canon Eagles

South Africa’s Blue Bulls gave Japanese rugby a reminder of just where it stands Friday night as the Currie Cup side hammered Canon Eagles 50-3 at Machida Athletic Stadium. And to make things worse, Japanese rugby was also handed a lesson in big match ...

Jul 30, 2015

Tui snubs Japan's Super Rugby side

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Japan’s new Super Rugby team took another knock Thursday with the news that Hendrik Tui had opted to re-sign with the Queensland Rugby Union and play for the Reds next season. The 27-year-old, who scored a try earlier in the day for Japan in ...

Samoa outlasts Canada; Japan falls to Fiji

Jul 30, 2015

Samoa outlasts Canada; Japan falls to Fiji

Samoa scored a last-gasp try to defeat Canada 21-20 and set up a Pacific Nations Cup final showdown with archrival Fiji here on Wednesday. The powerful Samoans looked to be slipping to a shock defeat after Canada’s Sale Sharks wing Phil Mackenzie raced over ...

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Jul 27, 2015

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones overhauled his lineup on Monday for Wednesday’s Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji at BMO Field. Michael Leitch will lead a team looking to upset the Flying Fijians with a place in the final still possible. The six sides have ...

Jul 27, 2015

Wallabies playmaker Cooper apologizes for Twitter tirade

Australia playmaker Quade Cooper has apologized for using an expletive in a Twitter outburst hours after the Wallabies beat Argentina in a Rugby Championship test at Mendoza over the weekend. Cooper, who has 455,000 followers on the social networking site, deleted the post and ...

All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

Jul 26, 2015

All Blacks rally to beat Springboks

New Zealand came from behind to beat South Africa 27-20 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, laying down a big marker for its World Cup defense in two months. The top-ranked All Blacks overcame their closest rivals in the rankings at the Springboks’ favorite ...

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

Jul 25, 2015

U.S. edges Japan in PNC encounter

The United States posted a confidence-boosting 23-18 win over Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup on Friday. Less than three months before the same two teams clash at the World Cup, where they are in the same group, the U.S. survived late pressure to ...