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England great Wilkinson retires from rugby

May 19, 2014

England great Wilkinson retires from rugby

England great Jonny Wilkinson will retire from rugby at the end of the season, capping an illustrious 17-year career in which he dropped the winning goal in a World Cup final and reached the top of the European game with Toulon. The 34-year-old Wilkinson ...

May 17, 2014

Japan closing in on Rugby World Cup qualification

Japan moved within one win of an automatic spot at next year’s Rugby World Cup with a 62-5 drubbing of South Korea on Saturday. The victory — which saw Ayumu Goromaru surpass Keiji Hirose as Japan’s all-time top points scorer — sees the Brave ...

Japan crushes Sri Lanka to stay on course for World Cup

May 10, 2014

Japan crushes Sri Lanka to stay on course for World Cup

Japan stayed on course for its seventh straight Asian 5 Nations title and more importantly its eighth successive appearance at a Rugby World Cup following a 132-10 thrashing of Sri Lanka on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms ran in 20 tries at Mizuho Rugby Ground ...

May 1, 2014

Brave Blossoms make changes ahead of Asian 5 Nations

Japan open their Asian 5 Nations campaign on Saturday against the Philippines with a starting XV that shows nine changes and one positional switch from the team that played last weekend’s warm-up game against Asia Pacific Dragons. The Brave Blossoms may have lost 35-29 ...

Apr 26, 2014

Asia Pacific Dragons outclass Brave Blossoms

Japan got the hard physical game it wanted leading into it upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifiers, but it didn’t get the result it was after as a Brave Blossoms XV went down 35-29 to Asia Pacific Dragons on Saturday. Pacific flair won out on ...

Mar 31, 2014

Japan secures core Sevens berth

Japan defeated Italy 26-5 to win the final of the qualifying tournament at the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday. Yusaku Kuwazuru scored two tries and Katsuyuki Sakai also went over and made two conversions as Japan took control in the first half. Kenki Fukuoka ...

Mar 24, 2014

Brave Blossoms to take on Samoa in Tokyo

Japan will play a test match against Samoa in Tokyo on May 30, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. The match will be the ideal bridge between the Asian 5 Nations and the Pacific Nations Cup, and will be a dress rehearsal for ...

Mar 23, 2014

Fiji triumphs in Tokyo Sevens

It was gold for Fiji, a bittersweet weekend for South Africa and heartbreak for Japan at the Tokyo Sevens on Sunday. The Flying Fijians beat South Africa 33-26 in a sensational final thanks to a last-minute try from Waisea Nacuqu. It was a fitting ...

U.S. joins big guns in Tokyo Sevens quarters

Mar 22, 2014

U.S. joins big guns in Tokyo Sevens quarters

The United States was the only team to upset the apple cart — though Canada and Japan both came close to pulling off shock wins — as Round 6 of the HSBC Sevens World Series got under way Saturday at the Prince Chichibu Memorial ...

Panasonic tops Toshiba to complete league and cup double

Mar 9, 2014

Panasonic tops Toshiba to complete league and cup double

Panasonic Wild Knights completed the league and cup double on Sunday when they beat Toshiba Brave Lupus 30-21 in the final of the All-Japan Championship. In the last domestic rugby game played at National Stadium before it is demolished to make way for a ...

Dec 11, 2013

Kikutani to play for English rugby club Saracens

Japan Top League club Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday that Japan No. 8 Takashi Kikutani will leave for England on Dec. 18 to join up with English Premiership club Saracens. It is now being determined how long the 33-year-old Kikutani will be away from the ...