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England rallies for win over Wales

Feb 7, 2015

England rallies for win over Wales

England fought back from 10-0 down after nine minutes to beat Wales 21-16 in the opening game of the Six Nations on Friday, avenging a painful defeat to its fiercest rival on its last trip to the Millennium Stadium. Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph ...

Feb 5, 2015

Panasonic prop Inagaki finalizes deal with Melbourne Rebels

Panasonic Wild Knights prop Keita Inagaki will play Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels, the two-time defending Top League champions announced Thursday. The 24-year-old Japanese international will join the Rebels after the All-Japan Championship, whose final is Feb. 28. “I’m very excited to have ...

Panasonic battles through pain barrier to claim Top League crown

Feb 1, 2015

Panasonic battles through pain barrier to claim Top League crown

Panasonic Wild Knights repeated as Top League champions on Sunday following a 30-12 win over Yamaha Jubilo in front of 16,304 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Wild Knights captain Shota Horie became the first player to lift the new LIXIL Cup following a ...

Jan 31, 2015

Suntory, NEC book All-Japan spots

Suntory Sungoliath and NEC Green Rockets both ensured on Saturday that their seasons would last at least one more game as they booked their spots in the All-Japan Championship. Suntory downed Ricoh Black Rams 42-14, while NEC beat NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 33-10 in ...

Panasonic crushes Toshiba to reach Top League final

Jan 25, 2015

Panasonic crushes Toshiba to reach Top League final

Panasonic Wild Knights showed just why they are the defending Top League champions Sunday as they hammered Toshiba Brave Lupus 50-15 in the second LIXIL Cup semifinal to set up a final clash with Yamaha Jubilo. Most had expected the two semifinals to be ...

Jan 18, 2015

Honda stays on course for Top League promotion

Honda Heat remained perfect in the Top Challenge 1 series and on track for promotion to the Top League with a 33-16 win over Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars on Sunday. Lomano Lemeki kicked two penalties and a conversion, and scored two late tries at Osaka’s ...

Jones names provisional Rugby World Cup squad

Jan 5, 2015

Jones names provisional Rugby World Cup squad

The road to Rugby World Cup 2015 became clearer Monday with Japan head coach Eddie Jones naming a provisional squad of 41 players, and the Japan Rugby Football Union confirming the Brave Blossoms’ schedule ahead of the tournament, which kicks off in England on ...

Dec 25, 2014

JRFU suspends Bourke, Fifita

Ricoh Black Rams flyhalf Colin Bourke was suspended for two Top League games, while Toyota Industries Shuttles forward Siosaia Fifita drew a one-game ban, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. The 29-year-old Bourke, who was not sin-binned in Saturday’s 27-26 Group B defeat ...

Dec 18, 2014

Yamada joins Aussie rugby club

Japan international Akihito Yamada has joined Australian Super Rugby club Western Force, the club said on Thursday. The dynamic outside back joins the Force as a concessional signing for one year, with each Australian club permitted to recruit one Japanese player in addition to ...

Dec 15, 2014

Yokohama puts hand up for Rugby World Cup matches

The Yokohama stadium that staged the 2002 soccer World Cup final between Brazil and Germany has been added to the list of potential venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The 72,000-seat stadium was not on the original shortlist of venues bidding to host ...

Morgan leads England past Australia

Nov 30, 2014

Morgan leads England past Australia

Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year. Both sides ...