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Rugby chiefs set Japan World Cup deadline

World Rugby has demanded Japan send a new proposal for its 2019 World Cup venues and provide assurances about the tournament’s “financial security” after Tokyo’s National Stadium was scrapped as the centerpiece venue. A new National Stadium was to stage the opening match, the final and other key games but ...

Jones to leave Japan following 2015 RWC

Aug 25, 2015

Jones to leave Japan following 2015 RWC

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Japan coach Eddie Jones is stepping down after the Rugby World Cup, he confirmed on Tuesday. Speaking from Miyazaki, where the Brave Blossoms are in camp ahead of the upcoming World Cup, Jones said he wanted to quash all the rumors and innuendo so ...

Aug 24, 2015

Japanese women qualify for sevens series

Japan beat Ireland 13-12 in the final of the Women’s Sevens Dublin tournament on Sunday, securing a core team place in the Women’s Sevens Series for next season after triumphing in all six games over the weekend. Japan allowed a 12-0 lead to the ...

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Horwill left off Australia's squad

Aug 21, 2015

Horwill left off Australia's squad

Lock James Horwill, who captained Australia to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, was omitted from the 31-man Wallabies squad named Friday that will compete in the 2015 tournament. The 30-year-old Horwill and scrumhalf Nic White were the notable omissions from the squad. Coach Michael ...

McCaw says retirement scares him 'a little bit'

Aug 19, 2015

McCaw says retirement scares him 'a little bit'

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says the prospect of retirement scares him “a little bit” but he isn’t yet certain he will end his international career after this year’s Rugby World Cup. The 34-year-old McCaw became the world’s most-capped test rugby player when he ...

Jones admits to Stormers talks

Aug 19, 2015

Jones admits to Stormers talks

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Japan coach Eddie Jones admitted Tuesday he was in talks with the Stormers, but he stopped short of saying he had signed a deal with the Cape Town-based Super Rugby side. Reports from South Africa overnight claim Jones will give up his role as ...

Aug 18, 2015

Rugby World Cup to use Hawk-Eye technology

Hawk-Eye, a system used to judge line calls in tennis, cricket and Premier League soccer, will operate at the upcoming Rugby World Cup to help television match officials with tight decisions. World Rugby, the sport’s governing body, said Monday the video-replay technology will be ...

All Blacks crush Wallabies, retain Bledisloe Cup

Aug 15, 2015

All Blacks crush Wallabies, retain Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand set its Rugby World Cup preparation on track with an emphatic 41-13 win over Australia on Saturday which retained the Bledisloe Cup and extended a 29-year winning streak over the Wallabies at Eden Park. After last week’s 27-19 loss in Sydney which ...