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Japan holds off late Romania charge

/ Jun 10, 2017

Japan holds off late Romania charge

Japan’s pace got the better of Romania’s brawn on Saturday as the Brave Blossoms downed the Oaks 33-21 at a packed Egao Kenko Stadium. With Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka showing all their experience and Ryuji Noguchi and Jumpei Ogura highlighting the growing competitiveness ...

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

/ Jun 9, 2017

Joseph opts to keep key veterans on bench

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Japan coach Jamie Joseph sprung a few surprises Thursday when he named his side for Saturday’s test with Romania, the first of three test matches in successive weekends against European foes. The former New Zealand and Japan international opted to start a number of ...

/ Jun 8, 2017

Toyota Verblitz acquire former Springboks Smith, Aplon

The Toyota Verblitz increased their South African presence Thursday with the signing of four new players. New head coach Jake White, who led the Springboks to victory at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, has acquired the services of Bulls lock Jason Jenkins, Southern Kings ...

/ Jun 8, 2017

Wallabies drop Moore for test against Fiji

Skipper Stephen Moore was dropped Thursday for the Wallabies clash against Fiji with veteran hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau preferred in a team featuring two players in its debut including Karmichael Hunt. Michael Hooper will lead Australia in Saturday’s showdown in Melbourne, with Hunt and Waratahs ...

/ Jun 7, 2017

Super Rugby's Blues score late try to beat Lions

The British and Irish Lions conceded a late try and lost 22-16 Wednesday to the Auckland-based Blues in their first-ever match against a Super Rugby team. After an unconvincing tour-opening win over the Provincial Barbarians, the Lions were beaten three tries to one by ...

/ Jun 6, 2017

Brave Blossoms recall Ono for upcoming tests

Hitoshi Ono’s hopes of playing 100 test matches were restored Tuesday when he was recalled to the Brave Blossoms for the June tests, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced. The 39-year-old lock, who has played 98 times for his country, was initially omitted from ...

Rugby hero Goromaru returning to Yamaha

/ Jun 5, 2017

Rugby hero Goromaru returning to Yamaha

Japan’s 2015 Rugby World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru is rejoining his old side Yamaha Jubilo after a year-and-a-half playing in Australia and France, the fullback revealed Monday on his website. The 31-year-old had an option to extend his deal in Toulon by a further ...

/ Jun 1, 2017

Sunwolves' Quirk joins Canon

The Canon Eagles have signed Sunwolves co-captain Ed Quirk for the new Top League season starting in August, the side announced Thursday. The 25-year-old Australian, who played for the Reds between 2010 and 2015, is predominantly a flanker and has a total of 54 ...

Lions arrive in New Zealand for grueling tour

/ May 31, 2017

Lions arrive in New Zealand for grueling tour

The British and Irish Lions landed in Auckland on Wednesday to begin their 13th rugby tour of New Zealand, facing possibly their toughest schedule as they attempt to achieve only their second test series victory over the All Blacks 47 years after the first. ...

/ May 29, 2017

Ono misses out as Japan names test-match squad

Hitoshi Ono was the biggest casualty Monday when Japan head coach Jamie Joseph named his squad for the June internationals against Romania and Ireland. The 39-year-old lock has played 98 test matches for the Brave Blossoms, but his hopes of joining the elite centurion ...

Cheetahs blow out Sunwolves

/ May 27, 2017

Cheetahs blow out Sunwolves

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The Sunwolves failed to pick up their second win of the Super Rugby season on Saturday after a 47-7 defeat to South Africa’s Cheetahs. The Sunwolves returned to Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground for their first match in Tokyo since beating the Bulls 21-20 ...