/ Feb 12, 2017

Crusaders end Panasonic's run in Brisbane

The Panasonic Wild Knights’ run at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens came to an end in the quarterfinals Sunday with a 12-7 loss to the Crusaders, who went on to finish second. On another sweltering day at Suncorp Stadium, the Wild Knights found out ...

/ Feb 7, 2017

Arrest made in bugging of All Blacks' hotel

Australian police have arrested and charged a 51-year-old man with public mischief after an investigation into the discovery of a listening device at the All Blacks hotel in Sydney ahead of their Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies last year. The world champions notified ...

Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies at 45

/ Feb 6, 2017

Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies at 45

Joost van der Westhuizen, who won the 1995 Rugby World Cup with South Africa as Nelson Mandela looked on, has died after a six-year-battle with motor neuron disease. He was 45. South Africa Rugby announced the death Monday. The scrumhalf distinguished himself in the ...

/ Feb 5, 2017

England beats France in Six Nations opener

Replacement Ben Te’o’s last-gasp try scrambled defending champion England to a 19-16 Six Nations win over arch-rival France on a thrilling opening day in the tournament. Stuart Hogg was Scotland’s two-try hero as it surged to a 21-5 lead over Ireland before going 21-22 ...

/ Feb 2, 2017

Wild Knights acquire Teikyo University's Matsuda

Days after coming up short in the national championship, the Top League’s Panasonic Wild Knights bolstered their roster with the addition of Teikyo University star Rikiya Matsuda. The 22-year-old back made his debut for Japan last summer against Canada and followed that by appearing ...

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

/ Feb 1, 2017

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

The Sunwolves held their first training session Wednesday, just 24 days before they open their 2017 Super Rugby season against the defending champions, the Hurricanes. Only three days after the domestic season finished with a bruising All-Japan Championship final, the squad was put through ...

/ Jan 30, 2017

Top League overhauls format again

The Top League will undergo yet another change next season, as the Japan Rugby Football Union tries to give Super Rugby side the Sunwolves more preparation time amid concerns for the welfare of the nation’s top players. The 2017-18 season, which is set to ...