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Jul 3, 2013

Winger Vuna to play for Toshiba

Super Rugby club Melbourne Rebels announced Tuesday they have agreed to release winger Cooper Vuna at the end of the season, freeing him to play in Japan. Vuna, who enjoyed a successful career in rugby league before switching to rugby union, will play his ...

Jul 2, 2013

Japan loses rugby sevens Bowl final

Japan lost 29-5 to Russia in the Bowl final on Sunday to finish 18th at the men’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. Lepuha Latuila scored the lone try for Japan, which lost twice and drew once in its three pool matches, demolished the Philippines 50-0 ...

Jul 1, 2013

Japan men advance to sevens Bowl final against Russia

Japan advanced to the Bowl final at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow on Sunday, coming from behind to defeat Georgia 24-21 in the semifinal on Katsuyuki Sakai’s late penalty. Japan, which lost twice and drew once in its three pool matches, demolished ...

South Africa whips Japan in Rugby World Cup Sevens

Jun 30, 2013

South Africa whips Japan in Rugby World Cup Sevens

Japan’s men suffered their second straight Pool B defeat at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow on Saturday, losing 33-0 to South Africa and falling out of contention for the championship. Only the six pool winners and the two best runners-up qualify for ...

Japan beats U.S. to finish fourth at Pacific Nations Cup

Jun 24, 2013

Japan beats U.S. to finish fourth at Pacific Nations Cup

Asian champion Japan scored five tries to beat the United States 38-20 on the final day of the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament on Sunday, finishing fourth in the five-team competition. Japan, champion in 2011, ended with two wins against two defeats for nine ...

Jun 24, 2013

Wallabies try to lift Beale's spirits

Australia captain James Horwill assured Kurtley Beale that the team “still loves” him after his dramatic late penalty misses cost the Wallabies a famous victory over the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. Horwill said he told Beale to put the mistakes out of ...

Jun 18, 2013

Williams honored to help Lions

Shane Williams said Monday he was very proud to help out the British and Irish Lions in his cameo tour appearance in the countdown to this weekend’s opening test against the Wallabies. The Welsh wing great made a dash from Japan, where he was ...

Japan rugby squad trounces undermanned Wales

Jun 15, 2013

Japan rugby squad trounces undermanned Wales

Japan recorded its first official test-match win against a Tier One nation Saturday, when it defeated Wales 23-8 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. But it was the defensive effort of the hosts that really won them the game — albeit against a ...

May 4, 2013

Jones wary of physical Koreans

Japan goes into Saturday’s HSBC Asian 5 Nations clash with South Korea on the back of an eight-game winning streak against its archrival. A 19-19 draw in May 2004 was the last time Japan failed to beat the Koreans and its last loss came ...

Apr 2, 2013

World Cup-winner Donald to make Japan switch

New Zealand fly-half Stephen Donald will leave Bath at the end of the season to move to Japanese team Mitsubishi Dynaboars. Former Waikato star Donald joined Bath in November 2011, shortly after kicking the winning penalty as the All Blacks beat France in the ...

Mar 19, 2013

Former All Black Collins arrested

Former All Blacks flanker Jerry Collins has been arrested in Hamamatsu on charges of illegally carrying a kitchen knife in a department store, police said on Sunday. The 32-year-old, who played for New Zealand in 48 international games from 2001 to 2008, including the ...

Mar 7, 2013

All Black Carter denies Japan deal

All Blacks star fly-half Dan Carter on Wednesday denied speculation he had signed a deal to play Japanese club rugby but did not rule out the prospect of a foray into the big-money league. The 31-year-old, one of the highest-profile players in world rugby, ...