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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 Sunwolves in Brisbane on Saturday. He ...

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 ...

Yamaha source casts doubt on Goromaru's Toulon move

May 19, 2016

Yamaha source casts doubt on Goromaru's Toulon move

The mystery over where Ayumu Goromaru will play rugby next season intensified Thursday with a Yamaha Jubilo source saying the club was still waiting to hear from the Japan fullback. Reports earlier in the week suggested the 30-year-old had decided to leave the Reds ...

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May 17, 2016

Goromaru set to join Toulon next season

Ayumu Goromaru, Japan’s 2015 Rugby World Cup hero, has reached a basic agreement to join French first-division club Toulon next season, Kyodo News learned Tuesday. The 30-year-old fullback is in the final round of negotiations with the three-time European champions and a deal could ...

May 16, 2016

Wallaby legend Smith returning to Suntory

Suntory Sungoliath confirmed Monday that George Smith was returning to the club for the 2016-2017 Top League season. The former Wallaby previously played for Sungoliath from 2011-2014 before heading to Europe. Last week Smith, who won 111 caps for Australia, was named the Players’ ...

May 14, 2016

Goromaru scores three penalties in second start for Reds

Ayumu Goromaru made his second start for the Reds and kicked three penalties on Saturday, scoring nine points for his best tally in Super Rugby as his side fell 29-14 to the Hurricanes. “I’m happy to be able to put on the No. 15 ...

May 13, 2016

Brave Blossom Hatakeyama satisfied with stint in England

Former Japan coach Eddie Jones has long said players and coaches need to go overseas to broaden their horizons. It was a message he often expounded on in Japan and one he recently gave English Premiership coaches in his new role as England boss. ...

May 12, 2016

Sunwolves make three lineup changes for upcoming match

The Sunwolves team to take on the Stormers in Singapore on Saturday shows three changes to the side that lost 40-22 to the Western Force last weekend in Tokyo. Coach Mark Hammett named his side Thursday shortly after it landed in Singapore. Captain Shota ...

May 12, 2016

Rugby World Cup draw to take place in Japan in May 2017

World Rugby announced Wednesday the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will be held in the country in May 2017, the first time it will be conducted outside Britain or Ireland. The draw will be made based on the World Rugby ...

May 12, 2016

World Rugby's Pichot criticizes sport's residency rules

Agustin Pichot, the newly elected World Rugby vice-chairman, says rugby’s residency rules are “wrong” and must be changed. The former Argentine scrum-half insisted that the current situation, where players can play for a country they have no affiliation to after playing in the country ...