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Hatakeyama meeting Newcastle challenge head-on

While his former Waseda University teammate Ayumu Goromaru is enjoying the tropical heat of Brisbane, Australia, Kensuke Hatakeyama is in slightly different surroundings. The 30-year-old Suntory Sungoliath tighthead prop is currently in the northeast of England on a short-term contract with the Newcastle Falcons and is set to become the ...

Rugby veteran O'Connell announces retirement

Feb 9, 2016

Rugby veteran O'Connell announces retirement

Paul O’Connell has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury before having the chance to end a glittering career with European champion Toulon, the former Ireland captain said on Tuesday. O’Connell, whose retirement from international rugby came sooner than he had hoped ...

Feb 9, 2016

Reds' Goromaru won't start in exhibition

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru was named Tuesday to the bench for the Queensland Reds’ Super Rugby preseason game against the Brumbies. Goromaru, who joined the Brisbane-based side this week, was named among the reserves for Friday’s game, the Reds’ second and final warm-up before ...

Goromaru checks in with Queensland Reds

Feb 8, 2016

Goromaru checks in with Queensland Reds

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Japan’s Rugby World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru said he is up for the Super Rugby challenge as the fullback was unveiled by the Queensland Reds on Monday. “I was impressed by the speed and physicality of teams that play Super Rugby, so I’m looking ...

Jones victorious in first Six Nations match as England coach

Feb 7, 2016

Jones victorious in first Six Nations match as England coach

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” was resounding around an otherwise muted Murrayfield when England drove Scotland back in the scrum for a penalty, one final indignity for the beaten boys in blue. There was still time for England No. 8 Billy Vunipola to make another ...

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Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

Feb 5, 2016

Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

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Though he received widespread media exposure following his success at last fall’s Rugby World Cup, Ayumu Goromaru is a man of few words, at least publicly. He’s not reluctant to make media appearances. He’ll do it to promote the sport. But he just doesn’t ...

Feb 5, 2016

Japan to host Scotland in Aichi Prefecture, Tokyo in June

Japan will host Scotland at Toyota Stadium and Ajinomoto Stadium for two test matches in June, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. The Brave Blossoms will face Scotland at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture on June 18 before their second match in the ...

Feb 4, 2016

Yamashita joins Chiefs for Super Rugby campaign

Japan prop Hiroshi Yamashita will join the Chiefs for the upcoming Super Rugby season, his Top League club, Kobe Kobelco Steelers, announced Thursday. The 30-year-old Yamashita, who has played 49 times for the Brave Blossoms and was a member of the team at last ...

Sunwolves come together as team for first time

Feb 3, 2016

Sunwolves come together as team for first time

Twenty-four days before their first Super Rugby game, the Sunwolves finally got together as a squad Wednesday. Mark Hammett and his team gathered for two days of medical checks and administrative work before they begin preparations in earnest on Monday in Nagoya. “Everyone is ...

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Feb 1, 2016

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

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Following the Japan Rugby Football Union’s recent announcement that Jamie Joseph would take over as head coach of the men’s national rugby union team, the governing body explained its selection process for Eddie Jones’ successor and the team’s plans for the future on Monday. ...

Jan 29, 2016

Hatakeyama heads to England for new challenge with Newcastle

Japan and Suntory Sungoliath prop Kensuke Hatakeyama is aiming to get into games in England’s Premiership, he said Friday at Narita airport. The 30-year-old, who has played 72 times for the Brave Blossoms, signed a short-term deal with Newcastle, which is currently at the ...

Jones wants England to recover 'fear factor'

Jan 28, 2016

Jones wants England to recover 'fear factor'

Forward power rather than “fancy” rugby holds the key to England’s chances of success in the Six Nations Championship, according to new head coach Eddie Jones. Traditionally, England has been known for the strength of its forwards and Jones, the first foreigner to coach ...