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Feb 8, 2017

Australia coach Cheika not expecting apology from New Zealand

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he is not expecting an apology from the New Zealand Rugby Union amid the on-going controversy over the bugging of the All Blacks’ hotel room in Sydney last year. Cheika said he was surprised to hear an All Blacks ...

Feb 7, 2017

Arrest made in bugging of All Blacks' hotel

Australian police have arrested and charged a 51-year-old man with public mischief after an investigation into the discovery of a listening device at the All Blacks hotel in Sydney ahead of their Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies last year. The world champions notified ...

Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies at 45

Feb 6, 2017

Springboks legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies at 45

Joost van der Westhuizen, who won the 1995 Rugby World Cup with South Africa as Nelson Mandela looked on, has died after a six-year-battle with motor neuron disease. He was 45. South Africa Rugby announced the death Monday. The scrumhalf distinguished himself in the ...

Wales starts slow, rolls to victory against Italy

Feb 6, 2017

Wales starts slow, rolls to victory against Italy

Wales overcame a sluggish start for a 33-7 win over Italy in a rainy Six Nations match on Sunday, narrowly missing out on a bonus point. Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North scored tries after the hour mark and Leigh Halfpenny kicked for ...

Feb 5, 2017

England beats France in Six Nations opener

Replacement Ben Te’o’s last-gasp try scrambled defending champion England to a 19-16 Six Nations win over arch-rival France on a thrilling opening day in the tournament. Stuart Hogg was Scotland’s two-try hero as it surged to a 21-5 lead over Ireland before going 21-22 ...

Feb 2, 2017

Wild Knights acquire Teikyo University's Matsuda

Days after coming up short in the national championship, the Top League’s Panasonic Wild Knights bolstered their roster with the addition of Teikyo University star Rikiya Matsuda. The 22-year-old back made his debut for Japan last summer against Canada and followed that by appearing ...

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

Feb 1, 2017

Sunwolves open practice ahead of Super Rugby campaign

The Sunwolves held their first training session Wednesday, just 24 days before they open their 2017 Super Rugby season against the defending champions, the Hurricanes. Only three days after the domestic season finished with a bruising All-Japan Championship final, the squad was put through ...

Australian 'Boss' Giteau to leave Toulon for Japan

Jan 30, 2017

Australian 'Boss' Giteau to leave Toulon for Japan

Matt Giteau on Monday announced his departure from Toulon at the end of the French Top 14 season to embark on a new chapter in his career in Japan. “Taking this decision was the most difficult of my rugby career but it’s the best ...

Jan 30, 2017

Top League overhauls format again

The Top League will undergo yet another change next season, as the Japan Rugby Football Union tries to give Super Rugby side the Sunwolves more preparation time amid concerns for the welfare of the nation’s top players. The 2017-18 season, which is set to ...

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

Jan 29, 2017

Suntory beats Panasonic in cup final to secure double

Suntory Sungoliath completed the league and cup double on Sunday as they beat Panasonic Wild Knights 15-10 in a pulsating All-Japan Championship final. In front of a full house of 20,196 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, five penalties from Kosei Ono saw Keisuke ...

Jan 28, 2017

Kintetsu, Coca-Cola, Toyota Industries remain in Top League

The makeup of next season’s Top League was determined Saturday following the final round of promotion playoffs, with the three incumbents all keeping their place in the top flight with wins over the second- to fourth-ranked regional teams. In Osaka, the Kintetsu Liners were ...

Jan 27, 2017

JRFU announces venues for Brave Blossoms' June test matches

Japan’s June tests against Romania and Ireland will be played at 2019 Rugby World Cup venues in Kumamoto, Shizuoka and Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday. Japan host Romania on June 10 at Kumamoto’s Umakana-Yokana Stadium, which will be renamed Egao Kenko ...