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All Blacks deliver clinic in rout of Springboks

Oct 9, 2016

All Blacks deliver clinic in rout of Springboks

New Zealand swept aside the Aaron Smith scandal, and South Africa, to equal the top-tier record for consecutive test victories with a 57-15 hammering of its old rival in the final round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday. The masterful All Blacks scored a ...

Big names missing as Joseph names first Japan squad

Oct 3, 2016

Big names missing as Joseph names first Japan squad

The Jamie Joseph era started with a bang Monday as he named his first squad ahead of the November test series that sees Japan play Argentina, Georgia, Wales and Fiji. Thirty six players will attend a three-day mini-camp next week in Tokyo as Joseph ...

Matsushima try sparks Sungoliath to victory

Oct 2, 2016

Matsushima try sparks Sungoliath to victory

Suntory Sungoliath came from behind on an electric try by man-of-the-match Kotaro Matsushima, and two tries by Takaaki Nakazuru ensured a 37-22 Japan Rugby Top League victory over Canon Eagles on Sunday. Trailing 17-13 at the break, Sungoliath withstood some sustained pressure at the ...

Sep 28, 2016

New Zealand rugby boss comes under fire

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) boss Steve Tew faced calls to resign Wednesday over off-field scandals that have damaged the sport’s reputation in the rugby-mad home of the All Blacks. Pundits turned on Tew after an embarrassing U-turn over a teenage star who escaped conviction ...

Sep 24, 2016

Waikato routs Hokkaido Barbarians to secure Sapporo Sevens title

Honey Hireme led Waikato to victory in the Sapporo Sevens on Saturday, as the New Zealand side beat the Hokkaido Barbarians 31-7 at the Barbarians’ picturesque ground in Jozankei. Kiwi legend Hireme — who is often dubbed “Honey Bill” in reference to her male ...

Rugby fever draws Japan youth to New Zealand

Sep 23, 2016

Rugby fever draws Japan youth to New Zealand

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The rising popularity of rugby in Japan is having spinoff effects for the nation’s relationship with New Zealand as students increasingly choose to study in the rugby stronghold. After the Brave Blossoms’ historic victory against South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in ...

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

Sep 21, 2016

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

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It’s been a year since Japan shocked the world with its stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in England. And ever since the Brave Blossoms’ breakthrough performance, rugby has been in a far brighter spotlight. As the host nation for ...

Sunwolves to open at home in '17

Sep 20, 2016

Sunwolves to open at home in '17

The Sunwolves will kick off their second Super Rugby season by playing the defending champions, the Hurricanes, in Tokyo in late February, tournament organizer SANZAAR said Tuesday. The fixture is just one of four games Filo Tiatia’s side will play in Tokyo. The other ...

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Sep 17, 2016

Suntory whips Panasonic in Top League showdown

Panasonic Wild Knights’ hopes of making it four straight Top League titles took a big hit Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground as they fell to their second defeat of the season. Another poor day in the tight by the Panasonic pack was ...

Sep 15, 2016

Savea awaits first All Blacks start

Rookie loose forward Ardie Savea has been named to make his first test start for the All Blacks against South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday. Savea, who has played five tests off the bench since making his debut against Wales in ...