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Panasonic still team to beat in revamped Top League

With Japan once again the darling of world rugby, thanks to the exploits of the sevens team at the Rio Olympics, attention now shifts to the 15-a-side version of the game with the Top League kicking off Friday. While the players and coaches have been involved in what new Kubota ...

Jul 17, 2016

Yamada, Fujita dropped from Japan's sevens squad for Olympics

Last year’s World Cup heroes Akihito Yamada and Yoshikazu Fujita will not be travelling to Brazil for the Rio Olympics after they were omitted from Japan’s 12-man squad for rugby sevens. Yusaku Kuwazuru will captain the team announced by the Japan Rugby Football Union ...

Jul 16, 2016

Sakura Sevens squad revealed for Rio Games

Chiharu Nakamura will captain the Japan women’s rugby sevens team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Saturday, when the names of 12 team members and two backups were released. The draw last month in Rio de Janeiro saw the ...

Sunwolves lose again in season finale

Jul 16, 2016

Sunwolves lose again in season finale

The Sunwolves’ inaugural Super Rugby season came to a close Friday with a 40-29 defeat at the hands of the Sharks at Kings Park. As it have been for much of the season, Mark Hammett’s side — which finished the season with one win, ...

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Goromaru embraces challenge with French club Toulon

Jul 15, 2016

Goromaru embraces challenge with French club Toulon

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru is eager to be a Japanese pioneer in French rugby as his move to Toulon draws near. In joining the star-studded French Top 14 side, which boasts Kiwi center Ma’a Nonu and South African wing Bryan Habana in its ranks, ...

Bulls crush Sunwolves, stay in playoff chase

Jul 10, 2016

Bulls crush Sunwolves, stay in playoff chase

The Sunwolves showed Saturday that no matter how big the heart is, if the legs are gone then there is only one result. The toll of a long tough first season in Super Rugby showed at Loftus Versfeld as Mark Hammett’s side was beaten ...

Jul 9, 2016

Goromaru positive about Super Rugby experience

Although the playing time was hard to come by and injury forced him to miss final fixtures, Ayumu Goromaru has reflected positively on his Super Rugby season with the Reds. “It was a good experience being able to play in matches although chances were ...

Jul 6, 2016

Verblitz announce trio of new additions

Toyota Verblitz announced Wednesday the signings the Australian pair of Wycliff Palu and Ben Lucas, and Welsh international Dominic Day for the 2016-17 Top League season. Palu, who has won 57 caps for the Wallabies, originally signed for Verblitz in 2015 for two years. ...

Jul 3, 2016

Williams siblings make New Zealand sevens squads

Brother and sister Sonny Bill and Niall Williams were named Sunday in the New Zealand men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams to compete at the Rio de Janiero Olympics. Sonny Bill Williams’ inclusion in the 12-strong men’s squad gives him a chance to add ...

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

Jul 2, 2016

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

The Waratahs hammered the Sunwolves 57-12 on Saturday in Mark Hammett’s final game as coach in Japan and the Tokyo team’s last home game of the season. Playing the same dazzling 15-man rugby that saw it put the Chiefs to the sword before the ...

Emotional Hammett set to coach final home game for Sunwolves

Jul 1, 2016

Emotional Hammett set to coach final home game for Sunwolves

The Sunwolves go into their final home game of the season Saturday with a depleted squad against a Waratahs side desperate for a win. It doesn’t exactly bode well for head coach Mark Hammett, who will bid farewell to Japan and the Sunwolves following ...