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All Blacks on brink of history

Nov 23, 2013

All Blacks on brink of history

The All Blacks always talk of striving for perfection. They mean in performance. But they can achieve it another way on Sunday by becoming the first side in rugby’s professional era to win all their matches in a calendar year. New Zealand couldn’t have ...

Nov 16, 2013

Japan beats Russia

Japan picked up the first win of its European tour — and its first under stand-in coach Scott Wisemantel — when it routed Russia 40-13 at Parc Eirias on Friday. Japan scored one try in the first stanza and four in the second as ...

Mistakes cost second-string Japan in loss against Gloucester

Nov 13, 2013

Mistakes cost second-string Japan in loss against Gloucester

A second-string Japan XV went down 40-5 to Gloucester at Kingsholm on Tuesday evening, as the Brave Blossoms once again failed to turn possession into points and struggled with the interpretations of the local referee. With test matches three days either side of this ...

Japan's Brave Blossoms fall to Scotland

Nov 10, 2013

Japan's Brave Blossoms fall to Scotland

Japan wanted an idea of where they stand in world rugby. Saturday’s 42-17 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield showed that while they have the ability to mix it with the big boys, they are still a way off breaking into the top 10. The ...

Nov 4, 2013

Aussie press savages Wallabies

The Australian press savaged the “woeful” Wallabies on Monday after England exposed their inadequacies on the first match of their European tour, with much of the criticism directed at coach Ewen McKenzie. England came from behind to win 20-13 at Twickenham on Saturday as ...

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

Nov 3, 2013

Hansen warns All Blacks to shape up

by Andrew Mckirdy

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has warned his new-look All Blacks to stick to the game plan ahead of their tour of Europe after going rogue for periods of Saturday’s 54-6 win over Japan. The All Blacks brushed past the Brave Blossoms with the ...

All Blacks crush Japan

Nov 2, 2013

All Blacks crush Japan

by Andrew Mckirdy

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw scored a try and flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 10 points as both players returned from injury to lead New Zealand to a comfortable 54-6 win over Japan on Saturday. Seven different All Blacks ran in eight tries as the ...

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

Nov 1, 2013

Japan dreaming of All Blacks upset

The Japan rugby team faces one of the hardest tasks in sport Saturday when it takes on the world champion All Blacks at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. In 110 years, the New Zealand national team has played 508 tests and been victorious ...

All Black legends Carter, McCaw to face Japan

Oct 31, 2013

All Black legends Carter, McCaw to face Japan

Richie McCaw will lead New Zealand when it takes on Japan on Saturday, head coach Steve Hansen announced Thursday — although the most capped All Black in history will be playing at No. 8 rather than in his more accustomed No. 7 jersey. McCaw, ...

Oct 28, 2013

All Blacks focused on upcoming Japan match

The world champion All Blacks arrived in Tokyo Monday for their first test match against Japan on Japanese soil and vowed to take nothing for granted. “It’s important that we start the tour well,” flyhalf Dan Carter said upon arrival at Tokyo’s Narita airport ...

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Oct 16, 2013

Japan rugby coach Jones hospitalized with apparent stroke

Japan head coach Eddie Jones will be hospitalized indefinitely to undergo tests after showing symptoms of a stroke, Kyodo News learned on Wednesday. The announcement of the Japan squad for the Nov. 2 test against New Zealand was overshadowed by the news that the ...

Oct 13, 2013

Williams returning to union in 2015

Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams said Sunday he will return to rugby union in 2015 after completing a second season with Australian National Rugby League champion Sydney Roosters. Williams, 28, last week opted against returning to New Zealand rugby to instead spend another season ...