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Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

With Japan set for a test match on Saturday, the Brave Blossoms’ first since their heroics at last year’s Rugby World Cup, former coach Eddie Jones is less than impressed with how things have panned out regarding his successor. “What other team, what serious team in the world has in ...

May 5, 2016

Reds drop Goromaru from squad for Friday match

Fullback Ayumu Goromaru on Thursday was left off the Queensland Reds’ squad for the first time ahead of Friday’s game against the Crusaders. Goromaru, one of Japan’s heroes at last year’s Rugby World Cup in England, has failed to make an impact in the ...

Apr 30, 2016

Japan routs South Korea in ARC tilt

No Eddie Jones, no Rugby World Cup stars, no Super Rugby starters all proved to be no bother for Japan as the Brave Blossoms opened the Asia Rugby Championship with an 85-0 thrashing of South Korea on Saturday. On a gorgeous spring day in ...

Apr 29, 2016

Leitch's try helps Chiefs edge Sharks

Japan captain Michael Leitch scored a try for the second game running during the Chiefs’ 24-22 win over the Sharks on Friday in Super Rugby. No. 8 Leitch, who scored a try during their win over the Hurricanes last Saturday, crossed again in the ...

Apr 29, 2016

Tui to remain with Reds in 2017

Japan international Hendrik Tui will be back with the Reds next year, the Australian Super Rugby franchise announced Friday. The loose forward, who was part of Japan’s historic World Cup team last year, is now locked in for his third season in Queensland. “I’m ...

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Sunwolves defeat Jaguares to earn first victory

Apr 23, 2016

Sunwolves defeat Jaguares to earn first victory

Japan’s Sunwolves stunned the Jaguares 36-28 in a pulsating clash of Super Rugby expansion teams Saturday to post their first win after a miserable run of seven successive defeats. It was a victory made in Samoa as flyhalf Tusi Pisi kept the Tokyo side ...

Sunwolves coach Hammett decides against sweeping changes

Apr 21, 2016

Sunwolves coach Hammett decides against sweeping changes

Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes in the wake of his side being on the receiving end of the second biggest defeat in Super Rugby history last weekend. Five days after being beaten 92-17 by the Cheetahs, Hammett ...

Apr 21, 2016

Japan's Asia Rugby Championship team features little experience

Panasonic Wild Knights scrumhalf Keisuke Uchida will lead a very inexperienced side as Japan looks to maintain its mastery over South Korea and Hong Kong in the Asia Rugby Championship. Brave Blossoms interim coach Ryuji Nakatake named a 30-man squad that between them has ...

Apr 19, 2016

Winless Sunwolves add Kubota Spears' Kitagawa to training squad

The Sunwolves on Tuesday added Kubota Spears prop Kengo Kitagawa to their training squad ahead of this weekend’s match against the Jaguares. A team source said Kitagawa could be named to the 23 for the game on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground ...

Apr 19, 2016

Kobe appoints ex-Wallabies assistant McKay as new coach

Kobe Kobelco Steelers named former Wallabies and Tonga assistant Jim McKay as their new head coach on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Australian succeeds Allister Coetzee, who left to take over the Springboks. McKay will be the Steelers’ fourth head coach in four years, and will ...

Cheetahs crush hapless Sunwolves

Apr 16, 2016

Cheetahs crush hapless Sunwolves

The Sunwolves showed Friday why so many negative comments were made about the team before the Super Rugby season started. Those who see the glass half full will say the 92-17 loss to the Cheetahs at Toyota Stadium was an abnormality given the Sunwolves’ ...