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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 ...

Georgia ends Japan's perfect run

Nov 24, 2014

Georgia ends Japan's perfect run

Japan’s hopes of finishing the calendar year unbeaten in test matches were dashed at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium on Sunday as the Brave Blossoms went down 35-24 to Georgia. While it would be easy to make excuses — the Japan pack struggled big time with ...

Nov 20, 2014

Japan gains entry to Super Rugby in 2016

SANZAR, the organization that runs Southern Hemisphere rugby, officially approved Japan’s participation in Super Rugby from 2016 at an executive committee meeting on Thursday. Argentina’s participation, expanding the number of teams at Super Rugby to 18, was also confirmed by SANZAR The confirmation is ...

Nov 15, 2014

Wallabies recall bad boy Beale

Controversial back Kurtley Beale will join the Wallabies on Sunday, three weeks after a disciplinary hearing almost ended his international rugby career. Beale and back-rower Jake Schatz have been summoned from Australia to link up with the squad in Dublin on Sunday, a day ...

Nov 11, 2014

Brave Blossoms rise to No. 9 in world

Japan’s preparations for Saturday’s test against Romania in Bucharest got a boost late Monday with the news that the Brave Blossoms had risen to an all-time high of ninth in the International Rugby Board’s world rankings. Despite not playing a test since June — ...

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

Nov 8, 2014

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

The Brave Blossoms learned Saturday what countless other international sides have discovered over the years — namely you cannot write a New Zealand side off till the fat lady truly sings. A try by Dan Pryor three minutes from time saw the Maori All ...

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Nov 1, 2014

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Eddie Jones’ Brave Blossoms were handed a simple rugby lesson on Saturday as a Japan XV went down 61-21 to the Maori All Blacks at Noevir Stadium. Give the ball away in contact and miss your tackles against the big boys of world rugby ...

Oct 25, 2014

Top League set for shorter season

With Japan set to be named the 18th Super Rugby team when the competition is expanded in 2016, the 2015-2016 Top League season will be abbreviated. SANZAR — the body that governs Southern Hemisphere rugby competitions — formally backed Japan’s bid on Friday. As ...