More Sports Topics

Dec 13, 2016

Sunwolves hire three assistants

The Sunwolves announced the appointment of three assistant coaches on Tuesday as they gear up for their second season of Super Rugby. A day after head coach Filo Tiatia announced his initial 36-man playing roster, the franchise named their attack, defense and scrum coaches. ...

Sungoliath, Jubilo keep unbeaten records intact

Dec 10, 2016

Sungoliath, Jubilo keep unbeaten records intact

Suntory Sungoliath and Yamaha Jubilo remain on course for a Christmas Eve showdown as they both won Saturday to remain unbeaten in the Top League. Suntory overcame a poor start to top Coca-Cola Red Sparks 48-12 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, while Yamaha ...

Kitagawa bags 100th Top League try in Panasonic win

Dec 4, 2016

Kitagawa bags 100th Top League try in Panasonic win

Tomoki Kitagawa became just the second player to score 100 Top League tries Sunday as Panasonic Wild Knights overcame a controversial red card to beat Kubota Spears 34-25. Kitagawa’s try came in the 54th minute of the game at Ota Sports Park 10 minutes ...

Dec 3, 2016

Japan struggles mightily at Dubai Sevens

Japan finished the Dubai Sevens — the first leg of the Sevens World Series — in joint 15th place Saturday following a disappointing opener to new coach Damian Karauna’s tenure. Fielding a vastly different squad from the one that finished fourth at the Rio ...

Brave Blossoms end tour on sour note

Nov 27, 2016

Brave Blossoms end tour on sour note

Japan will finish the year outside the top 10 in rugby’s world rankings after an error-ridden performance saw the Brave Blossoms lose 38-25 against Fiji on Saturday. Despite the Japanese having a one-man advantage for 58 minutes at Stade de la Rabine, after flanker ...

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Nov 20, 2016

Wales denies battling Japan famous victory

Japan came within 20 seconds Saturday of once again shocking the rugby world. Despite missing a plethora of players through injury and self-imposed exile, the Brave Blossoms pushed Wales all the way before a last-gasp drop goal from Sam Davies saw the hosts win ...

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Nov 17, 2016

Wales, Japan announce lineup changes for weekend test

Sam Warburton resumes the captaincy and Leigh Halfpenny switches to the wing for Wales, which has made 10 changes to its team to play Japan in Cardiff on Saturday. Warburton moves to openside flanker and regains the captain’s armband after Gethin Jenkins led the ...

Nov 16, 2016

Panasonic set for reunion with familiar faces at Brisbane Tens

Panasonic Wild Knights will face some familiar faces when they take part in the inaugural Global Brisbane Tens in February. The reigning Japan Rugby Top League champions are one of 14 sides taking part in the tournament and were drawn Wednesday in Pool A ...

Nov 16, 2016

Lemeki withdraws from Brave Blossoms tour

Japan wing Lomano Lava Lemeki has withdrawn from the Brave Blossoms’ tour of Europe due to an injury, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday. Lemeki started in Saturday’s 28-22 win over Georgia in Tbilisi, scoring two tries and playing nearly the whole game. ...