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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 ...

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Jun 30, 2016

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

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Kyoto will host the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in May next year, tournament organizers announced on Thursday. Although the exact location has yet to be decided, organizers suggested that a temple or shrine in Japan’s ancient capital could even provide the ...

Jun 30, 2016

Ex-All Blacks winger Jane joins Toshiba Brave Lupus

Former All Blacks winger Cory Jane has signed a two-year contract with theTop League’s Toshiba Brave Lupus, though he will return to play for the Wellington Hurricanes next year, his Super Rugby franchise said on Thursday. Jane will head to Japan at the conclusion ...

Jun 29, 2016

Yamaha match against Toulon canceled

Yamaha Jubilo’s scheduled friendly against Toulon next month has been canceled, the match’s organizers announced Wednesday. Yamaha, Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru’s old side, was supposed to play his new team from the French Top 14 on July 30 at Shizuoka Stadium, but organizers could ...

Jun 27, 2016

Sunwolves confirm Hammett's impending departure

Eighteen days after Mark Hammett was named assistant coach of the Highlanders from 2017, the Sunwolves finally confirmed they would be losing their head coach. The Japanese Super Rugby franchise said Monday that the 43-year-old Hammett, who was named the inaugural coach of the ...