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Feb 25, 2016

Goromaru selected as backup for Reds' Super Rugby opener

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru was named on the bench for the Queensland Reds’ Super Rugby opener against Waratahs on Saturday, while Japan teammate Hendrik Tui has been handed a start as a flanker in Thursday’s team announcement. Goromaru made an 11-minute cameo debut in ...

Feb 24, 2016

Former Brave Blossoms captain Hirose to retire

Toshiaki Hirose, who earned 28 caps for the Brave Blossoms, and for two years captained Japan under head coach Eddie Jones, announced he was ending his playing career on Wednesday. The 34-year-old wing for Top League side Toshiba Brave Lupus was named to last ...

Feb 21, 2016

Mafi earns Bath bonus point with last-gasp try

Japan No. 8 Amanaki Lelei Mafi started for Bath in his home debut for the English Premiership side on Saturday and scored a valuable late try. Bath lost 24-18 to Wasps, with Mafi’s 80th-minute try at the Recreation Ground pulling the home side to ...

Feb 19, 2016

Hammett on leave after mother's death

Mark Hammett, coach of Japan’s new Super Rugby side the Sunwolves, will leave the team’s training camp in Okinawa with immediate effect following the death of his mother Friday in New Zealand. “It is a sad day for me and my family on the ...

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

Feb 17, 2016

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

The last time New Zealand’s defending Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks team played in the U.S., the game was a record-setting sellout. It also was a blowout, as the storied All Blacks routed the USA Eagles national squad 74-6 before 61,500 people — ...

Mafi's amazing return to continue at Bath

Feb 17, 2016

Mafi's amazing return to continue at Bath

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Fourteen months ago Amanaki Lelei Mafi was lying in a hospital bed wondering if he would ever play rugby again, having dislocated his hip in a Top League game for NTT Communications Shining Arcs. On Tuesday, he was holding court at one of the ...

Feb 16, 2016

Ireland's Sexton suffering whiplash

Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has revealed that fly-half Johnny Sexton suffered a whiplash injury to his neck and shoulder in Ireland’s 10-9 Six Nations defeat against France. Sexton appeared dazed as he left the Stade de France field after several questionable hits on Saturday, ...

Wales beats Scotland to revive Six Nations title challenge

Feb 14, 2016

Wales beats Scotland to revive Six Nations title challenge

Wales got its Six Nations title ambitions back on track in an entertaining ninth straight win over Scotland by 27-23 on Saturday. Wales scored the first of its three tries quickly, but lost the lead for nearly 50 minutes as Scotland showed the gumption ...