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Oct 25, 2016

IGBS named host broadcaster for 2019 Rugby World Cup

The host broadcaster for the 2019 Rugby World Cup will be International Games Broadcast Services, World Rugby announced Tuesday. IGBS, a partnership between HBS and IMG, will be responsible for the world feed delivery to rights holding broadcasters as well as production innovation and ...

Oct 25, 2016

Hirao's death caused by bile duct cancer, family says

Rugby legend Seiji Hirao died of bile duct cancer, his family revealed in a statement through the Japan Rugby Football Union on Tuesday. Hirao’s family said the former Japan captain and head coach passed away at 7:16 a.m. last Thursday at the age of ...

Brave Blossoms lose more players ahead of Argentina clash

Oct 24, 2016

Brave Blossoms lose more players ahead of Argentina clash

Japan’s preparations for its first test match under Jamie Joseph took another hit Monday with a further four players dropping out of the extended training squad. Yoshitaka Tokunaga was a no-show when the players met up Sunday evening as a result of injury, while ...

Oct 23, 2016

Ricoh rookie Matsuhashi bags hat-trick in win over Toshiba

A try from Ricoh rookie Shuhei Matsuhashi — his third of the day — seconds before the final hooter handed the Black Rams a 33-28 win over Toshiba Brave Lupus on Sunday in the Japan Rugby Top League. The 22-year-old No. 8, who is ...

Jubilo, Sungoliath remain on collision course for Top League supremacy

Oct 22, 2016

Jubilo, Sungoliath remain on collision course for Top League supremacy

Yamaha Jubilo and Suntory Sungoliath maintained their unbeaten runs Saturday and made it even more likely their Christmas Eve clash will determine this season’s Top League champion. Yamaha was forced to work very hard to beat NTT Communications Shining Arcs 21-17, while Suntory had ...

All Blacks set mark in win

Oct 22, 2016

All Blacks set mark in win

Julian Savea’s stunning late try double ended Australian resistance as the All Blacks claimed a world-record 18th consecutive victory with a crushing 37-10 win Saturday. It was hardly vintage All Blacks and the tense game at Eden Park wasn’t settled until Savea’s game-breaking effort ...

'Mr. Rugby' Hirao passes away at age 53

Oct 20, 2016

'Mr. Rugby' Hirao passes away at age 53

Former Japan national team captain and manager Seiji Hirao, one of the most popular players of his time, passed away on Thursday at the age of 53, sources at Top League side Kobe Kobelco Steelers said. According to the Kobe Shimbun, Hirao had been ...

Wild Knights use experience to take down Red Sparks

Oct 16, 2016

Wild Knights use experience to take down Red Sparks

It was “30-something” day at Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park on Sunday as Panasonic Wild Knights topped Coca-Cola Red Sparks 45-12 in the Japan Rugby Top League. The pregame talk had been about the up-and-coming and future Brave Blossoms on display such as Kenki ...

Oct 15, 2016

Sungoliath pounce on Green Rockets to stay unbeaten in Top League

Suntory Sungoliath continued on their unbeaten way Saturday as they made it seven wins from seven games in the Top League. Keisuke Sawaki’s team beat the NEC Green Rockets 33-14 at Kashiwanoha Park Stadium to keep up the pressure on league leaders Yamaha Jubilo, ...