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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 ...

Sep 14, 2016

Panasonic invited to compete against world's best at Brisbane Tens

The advancements made in Japanese rugby in recent years were recognized Wednesday with Robbie Deans and his Panasonic Wild Knights side helping to launch the Brisbane Global Tens at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. Set for Feb. 11-12, 2017, at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the ...

Tiatia named new Sunwolves coach

Sep 12, 2016

Tiatia named new Sunwolves coach

Filo Tiatia was named the new coach of the Sunwolves on Monday, agreeing to a two-year contract with the Japanese Super Rugby side. “I am very excited to become the head coach of (the Sunwolves) from the 2017 season and it is an honor ...

Sep 10, 2016

Ross guides NTT Communications past NEC

Isaac Ross may not have played for his country since 2009 but he showed Friday just why New Zealand is revered as the best rugby nursery in the world and the All Blacks one of the most successful teams in sports. The NTT Communications ...

Sep 7, 2016

All Blacks ready to face Pumas

New Zealand is planning to confound Argentina’s best efforts in their Rugby Championship clash this weekend and maintain the high tempo that has taken its game to new heights this season. The world champions will look to extend their latest winning streak to 14 ...

Sep 4, 2016

Verblitz overpower Spears in Top League

Masakatsu Hikosaka scored a brace of tries as Toyota Verblitz beat Kubota Spears 27-10 in the Top League on Sunday. Playing at Sapporo’s Tsukisamu Stadium, Verblitz took the early lead on a seventh-minute Takaya Monji penalty, but South African Grant Hattingh dove over to ...

Sep 4, 2016

Japan women win Hong Kong Asian Sevens

The Sakura Sevens won the big prize on Saturday, capturing the women’s championship at the Hong Kong Sevens, the first event of the 2016 Asian Rugby Sevens Series. The women beat Thailand in the cup semifinal 43-0 before defeating China 14-7. The men, however, ...

Suntory whips Honda in front of former Japan coach Jones

Sep 3, 2016

Suntory whips Honda in front of former Japan coach Jones

There was a familiar face at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Saturday as Eddie Jones watched his old club Suntory Sungoliath beat Honda Heat 50-0 for their second straight win of the new Top League season. The current England coach, who has a ...

Sep 3, 2016

Sakura Sevens earn Hong Kong title

The Sakura Sevens won the big prize on Saturday, capturing the women’s championship at the Hong Kong Sevens, the first event of the 2016 Asian Rugby Sevens Series. The Japan women beat Thailand in the cup semifinal 43-0 before defeating China 14-7. The men, ...