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Dec 31, 2015

Tanaka warns against complacency in Japanese rugby

Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has warned that banking on Japan’s World Cup success will be a mistake. In a year-end interview, the 30-year-old Tanaka, who plays in the Top League for Panasonic Wild Knights and in Super Rugby for the Highlanders, said Japanese rugby ...

Dec 25, 2015

JRFU to delay coaching announcement: source

The announcement of Jamie Joseph, as the new head coach of the Brave Blossoms, will be delayed until the new year, a source close to the matter said Friday. Multiple sources have named Joseph as the Japan Rugby Football Union’s top choice for head ...

Dec 24, 2015

Sunwolves to face Top League squad in charity match

Japan’s new Super Rugby side, the Sunwolves, will play a Top League XV at Toyota Stadium on Feb. 13, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. The game is the latest edition of the the annual For All charity game put on by the ...

Japan reveals Sunwolves roster; Hammett named as coach

Dec 21, 2015

Japan reveals Sunwolves roster; Hammett named as coach


A few of Japan’s Rugby World Cup stars, including Akihito Yamada, Shota Horie and Hitoshi Ono, will headline the Sunwolves squad that will compete in Super Rugby next spring, team organizers revealed on Monday. The organizers also introduced Mark Hammett, a former All Blacks ...

Dec 19, 2015

Shining Arcs remain in hunt for top-four finish

NTT Communications Shining Arcs kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish in Group A and a spot in the playoffs to determine the Top League champions on Saturday with a 29-15 win over Honda Heat. Head coach Rob Penney’s decision to keep a ...

Dec 18, 2015

JRFU close to hiring national team coach

The Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday that the process of securing the next national team coach is in the final stages. The successor to Eddie Jones was to have been decided at Thursday’s board of directors meeting, but negotiations with the leading candidate, ...

Jones, Borthwick reunited in England

Dec 16, 2015

Jones, Borthwick reunited in England

After masterminding Japan’s breakthrough performances at the recent Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick have been reunited in England’s restructured coaching set-up. Borthwick, a former England captain, was hired as the forwards coach on Tuesday in the first appointment to Jones’ backroom ...

Dec 15, 2015

Joseph leading candidate to replace Jones: source

Super Ruby-winning coach Jamie Joseph is Japan’s first choice to replace Eddie Jones as the head coach of the Brave Blossoms, a Japan Rugby Football Union source said Tuesday. The JRFU is currently negotiating with the 46-year-old coach of the Highlanders. Although a deal ...

Dec 15, 2015

All Blacks legend died nearly broke

Legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu died almost penniless, according to the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association, which has established a trust to provide for his two young sons. Association chief executive Rob Nichol said once Lomu’s complex finances had been disentangled “there’s not ...

Brave Blossoms' Sa'u picks Auckland over Sunwolves

Dec 14, 2015

Brave Blossoms' Sa'u picks Auckland over Sunwolves


Japan’s new Super Rugby side received yet another snub Monday with the news Male Sa’u has signed a one-year deal with the Auckland-based Blues. The 28-year-old Yamaha Jubilo center is the fifth member of Japan’s Rugby World Cup squad to opt to play for ...

Dec 13, 2015

Canon books spot in Top League playoffs

Canon Eagles became the fourth and final side from Group B to confirm their spot in the LIXIL Cup, the playoff tournament for the Top League. On Sunday, the Eagles defeated Toyota Industries Shuttles 35-19 to go third in the standings on 21 points, ...