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Panasonic crushes Toshiba to reach Top League final

Panasonic Wild Knights showed just why they are the defending Top League champions Sunday as they hammered Toshiba Brave Lupus 50-15 in the second LIXIL Cup semifinal to set up a final clash with Yamaha Jubilo. Most had expected the two semifinals to be close affairs but recent history was ...

Jones names provisional Rugby World Cup squad

Jan 5, 2015

Jones names provisional Rugby World Cup squad

The road to Rugby World Cup 2015 became clearer Monday with Japan head coach Eddie Jones naming a provisional squad of 41 players, and the Japan Rugby Football Union confirming the Brave Blossoms’ schedule ahead of the tournament, which kicks off in England on ...

Dec 25, 2014

JRFU suspends Bourke, Fifita

Ricoh Black Rams flyhalf Colin Bourke was suspended for two Top League games, while Toyota Industries Shuttles forward Siosaia Fifita drew a one-game ban, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. The 29-year-old Bourke, who was not sin-binned in Saturday’s 27-26 Group B defeat ...

Dec 18, 2014

Yamada joins Aussie rugby club

Japan international Akihito Yamada has joined Australian Super Rugby club Western Force, the club said on Thursday. The dynamic outside back joins the Force as a concessional signing for one year, with each Australian club permitted to recruit one Japanese player in addition to ...

Dec 15, 2014

Yokohama puts hand up for Rugby World Cup matches

The Yokohama stadium that staged the 2002 soccer World Cup final between Brazil and Germany has been added to the list of potential venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The 72,000-seat stadium was not on the original shortlist of venues bidding to host ...

Morgan leads England past Australia

Nov 30, 2014

Morgan leads England past Australia

Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 on Saturday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next year. Both sides ...

Georgia ends Japan's perfect run

Nov 24, 2014

Georgia ends Japan's perfect run

Japan’s hopes of finishing the calendar year unbeaten in test matches were dashed at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium on Sunday as the Brave Blossoms went down 35-24 to Georgia. While it would be easy to make excuses — the Japan pack struggled big time with ...

Nov 20, 2014

Japan gains entry to Super Rugby in 2016

SANZAR, the organization that runs Southern Hemisphere rugby, officially approved Japan’s participation in Super Rugby from 2016 at an executive committee meeting on Thursday. Argentina’s participation, expanding the number of teams at Super Rugby to 18, was also confirmed by SANZAR The confirmation is ...

Nov 15, 2014

Wallabies recall bad boy Beale

Controversial back Kurtley Beale will join the Wallabies on Sunday, three weeks after a disciplinary hearing almost ended his international rugby career. Beale and back-rower Jake Schatz have been summoned from Australia to link up with the squad in Dublin on Sunday, a day ...

Nov 11, 2014

Brave Blossoms rise to No. 9 in world

Japan’s preparations for Saturday’s test against Romania in Bucharest got a boost late Monday with the news that the Brave Blossoms had risen to an all-time high of ninth in the International Rugby Board’s world rankings. Despite not playing a test since June — ...

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

Nov 8, 2014

Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

The Brave Blossoms learned Saturday what countless other international sides have discovered over the years — namely you cannot write a New Zealand side off till the fat lady truly sings. A try by Dan Pryor three minutes from time saw the Maori All ...

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Nov 1, 2014

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Eddie Jones’ Brave Blossoms were handed a simple rugby lesson on Saturday as a Japan XV went down 61-21 to the Maori All Blacks at Noevir Stadium. Give the ball away in contact and miss your tackles against the big boys of world rugby ...