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All Blacks crush Wallabies, retain Bledisloe Cup

Aug 15, 2015

All Blacks crush Wallabies, retain Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand set its Rugby World Cup preparation on track with an emphatic 41-13 win over Australia on Saturday which retained the Bledisloe Cup and extended a 29-year winning streak over the Wallabies at Eden Park. After last week’s 27-19 loss in Sydney which ...

Aug 12, 2015

Lomu tops greatest World Cup try poll

The English backs brushed away like breadcrumbs may still find it hard to watch but Jonah Lomu’s bulldozing try for New Zealand in 1995 has been voted the best in World Cup history. Little more than a month before the start of the 2015 ...

Aug 11, 2015

World XV players arrive in Japan

The main bulk of the World XV side to play the Brave Blossoms on Saturday arrived in Japan on Tuesday morning with coach Robbie Deans saying the invitation side covered “both extremes.” “We’ve got guys who have been there and done that and won ...

Argentina claims historic win over South Africa

Aug 9, 2015

Argentina claims historic win over South Africa

Argentina beat South Africa for the first time in a test on Saturday, pushing the Springboks’ World Cup plans toward turmoil with a 37-25 victory in the final round of the Rugby Championship. Argentina scored four tries at Kings Park, three in the first ...

Aug 5, 2015

Wallaby-heavy World XV squad set to face Japan


The World XV to take on Japan at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Aug. 15 was announced Wednesday and it contains a number of Wallabies still hoping to make it to this year’s Rugby World Cup. Former Australia coach Robbie Deans, now in ...

Aug 4, 2015

Fiji beats Samoa for Pacific Nations Cup title

Fiji fired a warning shot to Rugby World Cup host England Monday with a sparkling attacking performance to down tough-tackling Samoa 39-29 and win the Pacific Nations Cup. Just under seven weeks from their opening World Cup fixture against England at Twickenham on Sept. ...

Aug 2, 2015

Japan makes changes for third-place playoff

The Japan side to play Tonga for third place in the Pacific Nations Cup shows five changes and one positional switch from the side that started the narrow loss to Fiji last Wednesday. Michael Leitch captains the side while vice captain Ayumu Goromaru is ...

Jul 31, 2015

Blue Bulls thrash Canon Eagles

South Africa’s Blue Bulls gave Japanese rugby a reminder of just where it stands Friday night as the Currie Cup side hammered Canon Eagles 50-3 at Machida Athletic Stadium. And to make things worse, Japanese rugby was also handed a lesson in big match ...

Jul 30, 2015

Tui snubs Japan's Super Rugby side


Japan’s new Super Rugby team took another knock Thursday with the news that Hendrik Tui had opted to re-sign with the Queensland Rugby Union and play for the Reds next season. The 27-year-old, who scored a try earlier in the day for Japan in ...

Samoa outlasts Canada; Japan falls to Fiji

Jul 30, 2015

Samoa outlasts Canada; Japan falls to Fiji

Samoa scored a last-gasp try to defeat Canada 21-20 and set up a Pacific Nations Cup final showdown with archrival Fiji here on Wednesday. The powerful Samoans looked to be slipping to a shock defeat after Canada’s Sale Sharks wing Phil Mackenzie raced over ...

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Jul 27, 2015

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones overhauled his lineup on Monday for Wednesday’s Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji at BMO Field. Michael Leitch will lead a team looking to upset the Flying Fijians with a place in the final still possible. The six sides have ...