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Jul 9, 2015

All Blacks coach Hansen named high chief of Samoan village

Three-time World Rugby Coach of the Year Steve Hansen has earned another accolade when the New Zealander was named an honorary high chief, or matai, of a Samoan village. The 56-year-old Hansen was given the title at a ceremony in the village of Vaiala ...

Jul 8, 2015

Free agent Hopgood determined to make World Cup squad


Japan has for many years been criticized for the number of non-Japan-born players playing for its national rugby team. “Rugby mercenaries” is a term that has been used both within and from outside Japan, even though the Brave Blossoms are no different from England, ...

All Blacks beat Samoa in historic test match

Jul 8, 2015

All Blacks beat Samoa in historic test match

New Zealand overcame the ferocious tackling of an inspired Samoa team to complete a 25-16 win Wednesday in the All Blacks’ first-ever test match in the Pacific Island nation. New Zealand took a 12-3 lead to halftime and had to wait until the 46th ...

Highlanders capture first Super Rugby title

Jul 4, 2015

Highlanders capture first Super Rugby title

Flanker Elliott Dixon scored one try and provided the last pass in another by winger Waisake Naholo as the Highlanders shocked the Hurricanes 21-14 in Saturday’s final to win their first Super Rugby title. Dixon carried four defenders over the goalline for a 39th-minute ...

Jul 4, 2015

Tanaka in place to break new ground in Super Rugby

A day ahead of the Super Rugby Final against the Hurricanes, Japan and Highlanders scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka worked out on his own on Friday. If Tanaka gets into the game at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, he’ll be the first Japanese to play in the final ...

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

Jul 1, 2015

Folau, Etzebeth sign with Top League's Red Hurricanes

While the Japan Super Rugby franchise is struggling to get any players to commit to it, the Top League sides are having no such problems. On Wednesday, NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes confirmed that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth and Wallaby fullback Israel Folau had both ...

Jun 25, 2015

Leitch to stay Brave Blossoms captain

Japan coach Eddie Jones, who will also serve as director of rugby of the new Japanese Super Rugby side, said Thursday that Michael Leitch would remain captain of the Brave Blossoms even though he had re-signed to play for the Chiefs next year rather ...

Jun 23, 2015

Umaga takes over for Kirwan

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been named coach of the Auckland-based Blues Super Rugby team, replacing John Kirwan who stepped down last week after three years in charge. The Blues and New Zealand Rugby on Tuesday jointly announced Umaga’s appointment on a ...

Jun 21, 2015

Italy to resume RWC training after money dispute

The Italian Rugby Federation says the Azzurri’s Rugby World Cup preparation will resume on Sunday, a week after training was suspended due to a financial squabble. The federation says all 40 players in the northern town of Villabassa will receive a financial prize. The ...

Jun 19, 2015

Kirwan quits coaching post

John Kirwan quit Friday as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues after the team’s 14th-place finish in Super Rugby this season. The Blues won only three of 16 matches in their worst-ever season in 2015, following 10th place finishes under Kirwan’s coaching in 2013 ...