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Mar 5, 2016

Sunwolves using bye week to build team unity

A week after their first game in Super Rugby, the Sunwolves have a bye this weekend to reflect on what they have achieved so far and look ahead to their first overseas trip. “Not a lot has changed around the needs of the team ...

Mar 3, 2016

Goromaru to make first Super Rugby start for Reds

Japan’s World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru is set to make his first Super Rugby start for the Queensland Reds against the Western Force at Suncorp Stadium as coach Richard Graham announced his 23-man squad on Thursday. Karmichael Hunt has been switched to inside center ...

Rights holder doubts Sunwolves will help grow rugby in Asia

Mar 2, 2016

Rights holder doubts Sunwolves will help grow rugby in Asia

The Sunwolves’ entry into Super Rugby is unlikely to grow the game around Asia, according to the sport’s new rights owner in the region who believes showcasing more local action online will have a greater impact. The Tokyo-based franchise, which will also play matches ...

Mar 1, 2016

Highlanders' Tanaka injures calf

Highlanders scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has injured his calf and will need about four weeks to recover, the reigning Super Rugby champions said Tuesday. The Japan international sustained the injury while practicing in Auckland, and sat out the season opener against the Blues on Friday ...

England coach Jones goes into self-imposed silence

Feb 28, 2016

England coach Jones goes into self-imposed silence

England coach Eddie Jones has reacted to the outcry over his comments about Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton’s welfare by placing a self-imposed media blackout ahead of his side’s virtual title decider against Wales in the Six Nations. “I’m putting a media ban on myself,” ...

Sunwolves fall short in opener

Feb 27, 2016

Sunwolves fall short in opener

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The Sunwolves proved they can hold their own in Super Rugby but failed to win their competition debut in a 26-13 defeat to South Africa’s Lions on Saturday. The Tokyo-based Sunwolves went into their first-ever match in the Southern Hemisphere’s premier club tournament with ...

Feb 25, 2016

Goromaru selected as backup for Reds' Super Rugby opener

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru was named on the bench for the Queensland Reds’ Super Rugby opener against Waratahs on Saturday, while Japan teammate Hendrik Tui has been handed a start as a flanker in Thursday’s team announcement. Goromaru made an 11-minute cameo debut in ...

Feb 24, 2016

Former Brave Blossoms captain Hirose to retire

Toshiaki Hirose, who earned 28 caps for the Brave Blossoms, and for two years captained Japan under head coach Eddie Jones, announced he was ending his playing career on Wednesday. The 34-year-old wing for Top League side Toshiba Brave Lupus was named to last ...