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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 ...

Feb 14, 2015

Shuttles win spoils Williams' farewell

Shane Williams was hoping Valentine’s Day would be the icing on the cake to his glittering career, but his hopes of getting Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars into the Top League were well and truly squashed Saturday by Toyota Industries Shuttles. The Shuttles ran in seven ...

Shuttles spoil pro finale for Welsh legend Williams

Feb 14, 2015

Shuttles spoil pro finale for Welsh legend Williams

Shane Williams was hoping Valentine’s Day would be the icing on the cake to a glittering career, but his hopes of getting Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars into the Top League were well and truly squashed Saturday by Toyota Industries Shuttles. The Shuttles ran in seven ...

Welsh legend Williams ready to call time on career

Feb 11, 2015

Welsh legend Williams ready to call time on career

It says something of the caliber of foreigners attracted to Japanese rugby that one of the game’s all-time greats will be making his final appearance as a professional in a playoff game for a spot in the Top League. Shane Williams — the winner ...

Feb 9, 2015

JRFU chairman Yabe sketchy on Super Rugby details

Japan Rugby Football Union chairman Tatsuzo Yabe gave a few clues Monday as to how Japan’s new Super Rugby team will be structured and hinted that Japan’s participation could result in changes in how the sport is run domestically. But he stopped short of ...

Teikyo University stuns NEC in All-Japan Championship

Feb 8, 2015

Teikyo University stuns NEC in All-Japan Championship

Teikyo University became just the second collegiate side to beat a Top League team in the All-Japan Championship as it beat NEC Green Rockets 31-25 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday. Masayuki Iwade’s side — which won its sixth straight university title ...

England rallies for win over Wales

Feb 7, 2015

England rallies for win over Wales

England fought back from 10-0 down after nine minutes to beat Wales 21-16 in the opening game of the Six Nations on Friday, avenging a painful defeat to its fiercest rival on its last trip to the Millennium Stadium. Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph ...

Feb 5, 2015

Panasonic prop Inagaki finalizes deal with Melbourne Rebels

Panasonic Wild Knights prop Keita Inagaki will play Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels, the two-time defending Top League champions announced Thursday. The 24-year-old Japanese international will join the Rebels after the All-Japan Championship, whose final is Feb. 28. “I’m very excited to have ...