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All Blacks legend McCaw honored with Order of New Zealand

Apr 14, 2016

All Blacks legend McCaw honored with Order of New Zealand

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw said he was humbled to receive New Zealand’s top civic honor on Thursday, but also relieved he does not have to adopt the title “Sir Richie.” McCaw was bestowed with the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), which recognizes “outstanding ...

Top League boss Coetzee hired to lead Springboks

Apr 12, 2016

Top League boss Coetzee hired to lead Springboks

Allister Coetzee made the big jump from coaching Top League side Kobe Kobelco Steelers to running South Africa on Tuesday, when the appointment was announced by the South African Rugby Union. A former Springbok assistant, Coetzee coached Steelers to a fourth-place finish last season, ...

Apr 11, 2016

Sunwolves' Yamada, Makabe ruled out through injury

The Sunwolves have lost wing Akihito Yamada and lock Shinya Makabe to injuries, Japan’s first Super Rugby franchise said Sunday. Yamada, who has five tries so far in the team’s debut season, is expected to return to duty within two to three weeks. The ...

Sunwolves lose big against Stormers in South Africa

Apr 9, 2016

Sunwolves lose big against Stormers in South Africa

The Sunwolves suffered the worst defeat of their first Super Rugby campaign on Friday night, as the Stormers ran in seven tries in a 46-19 win at Newlands. Once again, the Sunwolves showed glimpses of what they can do when they are able to ...

Apr 7, 2016

Sunwolves ring changes for Stormers clash

Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett has made wholesale changes to his side for Friday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Stormers at Newlands. Coming off the back of yet another narrow loss, the Sunwolves run-on XV shows seven changes and two positional switches to the ...

Apr 5, 2016

Pocock receives three-week suspension over neck grab

Australia loose-forward David Pocock has been suspended for three weeks after pleading guilty to a charge of playing an opponent without the ball in the ACT Brumbies’ 48-23 Super Rugby loss to the Waikato Chiefs on Saturday. Pocock grasped the neck of Chiefs No. ...

Sunwolves fall short in loss to Kings

Apr 3, 2016

Sunwolves fall short in loss to Kings

The Sunwolves again put themselves in a position to take their first Super Rugby win Saturday, only to suffer an all too familiar fall at the final hurdle as they went down 33-28 to the Southern Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. A try ...

Sunwolves shed underdog tag for Kings clash

Apr 1, 2016

Sunwolves shed underdog tag for Kings clash

The Sunwolves head into Round 6 of this year’s Super Rugby competition in the unfamiliar position of not being everyone’s underdog. Mark Hammett’s men take on the Southern Kings at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and head into the game two points clear ...

Mar 31, 2016

Pisi leaves Suntory for opportunity with Bristol Rugby

Tusi Pisi parted ways with Suntory Sungoliath after seven years on Thursday and joined Bristol Rugby in England on a two-year deal. The move, which will see him play for the English Premiership hopefuls, also ends his time with the Japan-based Sunwolves once the ...

Sunwolves fall short against Bulls

Mar 26, 2016

Sunwolves fall short against Bulls

The Bulls’ bulk and grunt proved too much for the craft and guile of the Sunwolves as the South Africans claimed a 30-27 on Saturday to leave the new Japanese franchise still searching for a first win. Bulls skipper Adriaan Strauss, flanker Roelof Smith ...

Mar 25, 2016

O'Shea named Italy's new rugby coach

Italy confirmed Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea as its new coach on Friday, and gave him a four-year deal. O’Shea will see out his job at the London-based club and start with Italy in June. The first Irishman to coach Italy will lead ...