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Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

Jun 23, 2016

Japan names squad for second test against Scotland

Japan interim coach Mark Hammett limited the changes ahead of Saturday’s second test against Scotland, making just two to the side that started last week’s 26-13 defeat. Male Sa’u, who is returning from injury, was handed the No. 14 jersey (rather than his more ...

Jun 22, 2016

Jones touts Hartley as Lions skipper

Dylan Hartley has all the right qualities to lead the British and Irish Lions for the tour of New Zealand next year, the England captain’s head coach Eddie Jones has said. The 30-year-old hooker, who has picked up 74 caps for his country, led ...

Goromaru hopes to live up to expectations with Toulon

Jun 21, 2016

Goromaru hopes to live up to expectations with Toulon

Fullback Ayumu Goromaru’s goal with Toulon will be putting points on the board with his boot he said Tuesday, when he was unveiled by the French rugby giant. “When this offer arrived, I had no reason to turn it down,” said the 30-year-old who ...

Jun 21, 2016

Yamada leaves training camp with injury

Japan wing Akihito Yamada, who is tied for the Super Rugby try-scoring lead, has left the national sevens training camp due to injury, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Tuesday. Yamada, who appeared to feel pain in his calf during training on Monday, is ...

England coach Jones wants clean sweep over Australia

Jun 19, 2016

England coach Jones wants clean sweep over Australia

With two wins and a first-ever test series victory in Australia, England coach Eddie Jones isn’t about to lower the bar for his expectations of a successful rugby tour Down Under. Jones, an Australian who formerly coached the Wallabies and Japan, wants a third ...

England beats Australia to clinch series

Jun 18, 2016

England beats Australia to clinch series

Captain Dylan Hartley scored a first-half try and Owen Farrell a late clinching one as England defended resolutely through repeated Australian scoring attacks to beat the mistake-prone Wallabies 23-7 on Saturday and clinch its first rugby series Down Under. Leading 10-7 at halftime, Farrell’s ...

Japan falls against Scotland in Rugby World Cup rematch

Jun 18, 2016

Japan falls against Scotland in Rugby World Cup rematch

Japan failed to avenge its only loss from last year’s Rugby World Cup as the Brave Blossoms fell 26-13 to Scotland on Saturday night. On a hot, muggy night at Toyota Stadium, the Scots proved too big and strong and made the most of ...

All Blacks too much for Wales

Jun 18, 2016

All Blacks too much for Wales

Israel Dagg and Ben Smith marked their 50th test matches with tries as New Zealand beat Wales 36-22 in the second rugby test on Saturday for a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Dagg and Smith were drummed into new roles in a ...

Jun 17, 2016

Habana named to South Africa's Olympic rugby sevens squad

Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana is one of four 15-a-side international players in South Africa’s initial Olympics sevens squad. Springboks Habana, Ryan Kankowski, Francois Hougaard and Juan de Jongh have been selected in a group of 19 to prepare for the Rio de ...

Jun 17, 2016

Emperor, empress to attend Japan test match for first time

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will attend their first Japan test match on June 25 when the Brave Blossoms take on Scotland at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. It will be the imperial couple’s second time to attend ...

Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

Jun 17, 2016

Underdog Japan ready to renew Scotland rivalry

Japan looks to avenge its only loss at last year’s Rugby World Cup on Saturday when it takes on Scotland at Toyota Stadium. But it is a much-changed Japan side that takes on the men in blue. Japan’s 23-man match-day squad contains just 12 ...