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Feb 4, 2016

Yamashita joins Chiefs for Super Rugby campaign

Japan prop Hiroshi Yamashita will join the Chiefs for the upcoming Super Rugby season, his Top League club, Kobe Kobelco Steelers, announced Thursday. The 30-year-old Yamashita, who has played 49 times for the Brave Blossoms and was a member of the team at last ...

Sunwolves come together as team for first time

Feb 3, 2016

Sunwolves come together as team for first time

Twenty-four days before their first Super Rugby game, the Sunwolves finally got together as a squad Wednesday. Mark Hammett and his team gathered for two days of medical checks and administrative work before they begin preparations in earnest on Monday in Nagoya. “Everyone is ...

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Feb 1, 2016

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

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Following the Japan Rugby Football Union’s recent announcement that Jamie Joseph would take over as head coach of the men’s national rugby union team, the governing body explained its selection process for Eddie Jones’ successor and the team’s plans for the future on Monday. ...

Jan 29, 2016

Hatakeyama heads to England for new challenge with Newcastle

Japan and Suntory Sungoliath prop Kensuke Hatakeyama is aiming to get into games in England’s Premiership, he said Friday at Narita airport. The 30-year-old, who has played 72 times for the Brave Blossoms, signed a short-term deal with Newcastle, which is currently at the ...

Jones wants England to recover 'fear factor'

Jan 28, 2016

Jones wants England to recover 'fear factor'

Forward power rather than “fancy” rugby holds the key to England’s chances of success in the Six Nations Championship, according to new head coach Eddie Jones. Traditionally, England has been known for the strength of its forwards and Jones, the first foreigner to coach ...

Japan prop Hatakeyama signs short-term deal with Newcastle

Jan 27, 2016

Japan prop Hatakeyama signs short-term deal with Newcastle

Japan and Suntory Sungoliath prop Kensuke Hatakeyama is heading to England to play for Newcastle Falcons on a short-term contract, it was announced Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who has played 72 times for the Brave Blossoms, recently turned down an offer to play for Japan’s ...

Jan 26, 2016

Hartley named England captain for Six Nations

Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley was on Monday confirmed as England captain for the Six Nations tournament by head coach Eddie Jones. Hartley, 29, replaces Chris Robshaw at the helm despite missing over a year of his career for disciplinary reasons. “Dylan is an honest, ...

Jan 25, 2016

Japan to take on Wales in Cardiff

Japan will take on Wales in Cardiff in November, their first meeting since the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed on Monday. Japan has been added to the Under Armour Series 2016 which will see Wales play autumn fixtures against ...

Horie named Top League season MVP

Jan 25, 2016

Horie named Top League season MVP

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Shota Horie of the Panasonic Wild Knights was on Monday selected as the best player of the 2015-16 Top League season in Japanese rugby’s banner year. The 30-year-old hooker, who helped Panasonic win its third straight championship with a 27-26 victory over the Toshiba ...

Jan 25, 2016

Sonny Bill takes step on road to Rio

Sonny Bill Williams was named Monday to make his New Zealand Sevens debut next weekend, as he works to add the Rio Olympics to his impressive list of sporting achievements. Williams is the only newcomer to the New Zealand side named to play in ...

Panasonic captures Top League title

Jan 24, 2016

Panasonic captures Top League title

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Panasonic Wild Knights survived an almighty late scare to become Top League champions for the third straight season after beating Toshiba Brave Lupus 27-26 in Sunday’s LIXIL Cup final. South African winger JP Pietersen looked to have put the Wild Knights home and dry ...