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Sep 21, 2014

Kitagawa shines for Panasonic in 100th Top League game

Tomoki Kitagawa marked his 100th Top League game in style Sunday as he crossed four times in Panasonic Wild Knights’ 80-7 thrashing of Munakata Sanix Blues. The flying wing crossed three times in the first half as the defending champions responded to an early ...

Sep 7, 2014

All Blacks' victory comes at cost

Injuries to Sam Whitelock and Liam Messam pose a selection conundrum for All Blacks’ coach Steve Hansen as they prepare for their Rugby Championship clash with South Africa next week in Wellington. Whitelock damaged his rib cartilage midway through the first half of the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Top League to introduce new officiating system this season

When the Top League kicks off its 12th season on Friday, there will be a slight change in the officiating as the league implements a television match official system. The introduction of a TMO system is intended to bring Japan in line with the ...

Jul 19, 2014

Jones backs Japan Super Rugby team

Japan is the only logical choice for Super Rugby when the southern hemisphere’s elite provincial tournament expands into Asia in 2016, the country’s head coach Eddie Jones said Friday. Organisers SANZAR confirmed earlier this week that Japan and Singapore had tendered bids, but Jones ...

Jul 7, 2014

Japan to host Maori All Blacks series

Japan will host New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks in a two-match November series, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. “It gives us great pleasure to welcome the Maori All Blacks to Japan for the first time, following last autumn’s tour by the All ...

Jun 28, 2014

Former All Black Ellis to join Kobe

Former All Blacks scrumhalf Andy Ellis will play for Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers when the current Super Rugby season ends. Ellis, 30, who played the most recent of his 26 tests for New Zealand as a replacement in the 2011 World Cup final, will ...

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

Jun 21, 2014

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

England’s ambition of winning next year’s World Cup on home soil lay in ruins Saturday as they lost 36-13 in the third rugby test to a New Zealand team which completed a sweep of the three-test series and posted a world record 17th-straight test ...

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Jun 21, 2014

Japan earns historic win over Italy

Japan proved it’s ready to mix it with the big boys of world rugby Saturday, beating Italy 26-23 to pick up the team’s 10th straight win and first ever over the Azzurri. Inspired by some tremendous scrummaging the Brave Blossoms battered the opposition into ...

Jun 21, 2014

Australia sweeps France for first time

Australia completed its first 3-0 series sweep over France with a 39-13 victory in the third test on Saturday in a clear statement of attacking intent ahead of the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championships. Israel Folau’s two tries and a sparkling debut by giant lock ...