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Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

Mar 3, 2015

Twelve cities selected for 2019 RWC

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, one of the Tohoku locales that was seriously damaged by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami four years ago, is among the 12 cities that will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup matches. On Monday, the host cities were decided in the ...

Mar 1, 2015

Wales keeps Six Nations dream alive

Wales kept its Six Nations hopes alive with a fourth straight victory over France as it triumphed 20-13 at the Stade de France on Saturday. It was Wales’ second successive win in Paris and means it is still in the mix for overall Six ...

Feb 28, 2015

Yamaha captures All-Japan crown

Yamaha Jubilo won the All-Japan Championship on Saturday, defeating Suntory Sungoliath 15-3 in the final. Jubilo dominated possession for long stretches with an unimaginative game plan, but were sure in their tackles when forced to defend. Sungoliath tried to counter with some creative play, ...

Suntory, Yamaha to meet in All-Japan final

Feb 22, 2015

Suntory, Yamaha to meet in All-Japan final

Yamaha Jubilo will meet Suntory Sungoliath in the final of the All-Japan Championship following Sunday’s two semifinals at Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Ground. Top League runnerup Yamaha beat Toshiba Brave Lupus 21-9, while Suntory downed league champion Panasonic 31-25 to ruin the Wild Knights’ hopes ...

Feb 20, 2015

Pacific Nations Cup schedule released

Japan will open its Pacific Nations Cup campaign on July 18 against Canada in San Jose, California, the Japan Rugby Football Union and World Rugby said Friday. The Brave Blossoms will play the United States on July 24 in Sacramento in the same U.S. ...

Feb 19, 2015

Kamaishi has shot to be RWC host

The city of Kamaishi, in Iwate Prefecture, one of areas devastated in the Great East Japan Earthquake, is among the 12 host cities being proposed by the Japanese organizing committee as part of multiple plans for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, an informed source ...

Feb 19, 2015

Flyhalf Russell gets two-week ban

Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell will miss the team’s Six Nations match against Italy on Feb. 28 after being banned for two weeks for a dangerous tackle. Russell pulled out of competing for a high ball with Wales flyhalf Dan Biggar during a Six Nations ...

Feb 18, 2015

Host cities for 2019 Rugby World Cup to be announced in March

The Japanese organizing committee for the 2019 Rugby World Cup said Wednesday the host cities for the tournament will be announced on March 2. Rugby World Cup Ltd., which operates the tournament, will hold an executive board meeting in Dublin, Ireland, the same day. ...

Feb 17, 2015

Ex-Japan rugby captain Miuchi retires with eye injury

Former Japan captain Takuro Miuchi on Tuesday announced his retirement from rugby on the advice of doctors after suffering an eye injury. The 39-year-old, who captained Japan at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, told a news conference in Osaka that after undergoing surgery ...

Feb 17, 2015

Fukuoka petition pushes for 2019 Rugby World Cup games in city

The mayor of Fukuoka on Tuesday submitted a petition signed by about 100,000 people calling for the city to host games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Acting in his capacity as the vice chairman of Fukuoka’s bid committee, Mayor Soichiro Takashima presented his ...

Wales continues dominance against Scotland

Feb 16, 2015

Wales continues dominance against Scotland

Wales kickstarted its Six Nations campaign with a 26-23 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday. Warren Gatland’s team lost its opener to England but hit back in Edinburgh with tries in either half from scrum-half Rhys Webb and center Jonathan Davies for an ...

Feb 15, 2015

Suntory, Toshiba reach All-Japan Championship semifinals

Two of Australia’s Super Rugby sides will have to wait a little longer for their Japan imports after Suntory Sungoliath advanced to the semifinals of the All-Japan Championship on Sunday. Hendrik Tui, who is set to play for the Reds, and Kotaro Matsushima, who ...