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May 31, 2016

Japanese rugby players association established

The Japanese rugby players association was launched on Tuesday, with president Toshiaki Hirose saying he was confident it would improve the Japanese game. “I want to work with the firm belief the players association is an organization that will improve Japanese rugby,” said former ...

Japan sets squad for tests against Canada, Scotland

May 30, 2016

Japan sets squad for tests against Canada, Scotland

The Japan Rugby Football Union on Monday announced the 33-man squad that will play Canada and Scotland in June. The squad includes 16 members of the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad and five uncapped players. Heading the list of absentees are captain Michael Leitch ...

Sunwolves flattened by stampeding Brumbies

May 28, 2016

Sunwolves flattened by stampeding Brumbies

Without two of their best players in the first half, the Sunwolves lack of depth was glaringly obvious in a 66-5 Super Rugby beating at the hands of the Brumbies on Saturday. Lacking the intensity and creative spark of first-choice fly-half Tusi Pisi and ...

Japan men, women wrap up Asian rugby titles

May 28, 2016

Japan men, women wrap up Asian rugby titles

Japan once again proved it rules the roost of Asian rugby as the men and women’s teams both beat Hong Kong on Saturday to claim their respective Asia Rugby Championships. The Brave Blossoms ran in eight tries in a 59-17 victory, while the Sakura ...

May 27, 2016

Reds' Goromaru undergoes shoulder surgery

Queensland Reds fullback Ayumu Goromaru has undergone surgery on his right shoulder in Brisbane, Australia, a club source said Friday. Goromaru suffered a separation of the AC joint that connects the collarbone with his right shoulder when attempting to prevent a try during the ...

May 26, 2016

JRFU alters rugby national championship format

The top three teams in the Top League and the winner of the university championship will compete under a tournament format at the rugby national championship in January next year, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday. The Top League champions will play the ...

Goromaru finished for Super Rugby season

May 22, 2016

Goromaru finished for Super Rugby season

Japan Rugby World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru faces shoulder surgery next week and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season with the Queensland Reds, the club said Sunday. Goromaru, 30, suffered an AC joint separation in the Reds’ 35-25 win over Japan’s ...

May 21, 2016

Brave Blossoms rout South Korea in Asia Rugby Championship match

Japan made it three straight bonus-point wins in this year’s Asia Rugby Championship, beating South Korea 60-3 on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms ran in 10 tries at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field, with Atsushi Sakate and Ryohei Yamanaka both bagging braces. The win lifts Ryuji ...

May 21, 2016

Former 49er Hayne to suit up for Fiji

Former rugby league and NFL player Jarryd Hayne has been drafted by a Fiji squad looking to confirm a second straight rugby sevens world series triumph this weekend. Fiji confirmed Hayne on Friday for his rugby sevens international debut, as an injury replacement for ...

Reds get past Sunwolves

May 21, 2016

Reds get past Sunwolves

The Sunwolves once again suffered heartbreak Saturday as they lost 35-25 to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium. Besides once again losing a game that was within their grasp, the Sunwolves also lost lock Tim Bond to a season-ending knee injury. “It was a very ...

May 19, 2016

Top League to change bonus point system, foreign player limit

Japan Top League teams will be able to play more foreign-born players this autumn, the league said Thursday, when it announced several changes to the competition ahead of the 2016-2017 season. Until now teams were able to have up to three foreign-born players on ...