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Jul 3, 2016

Williams siblings make New Zealand sevens squads

Brother and sister Sonny Bill and Niall Williams were named Sunday in the New Zealand men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams to compete at the Rio de Janiero Olympics. Sonny Bill Williams’ inclusion in the 12-strong men’s squad gives him a chance to add ...

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

Jul 2, 2016

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

The Waratahs hammered the Sunwolves 57-12 on Saturday in Mark Hammett’s final game as coach in Japan and the Tokyo team’s last home game of the season. Playing the same dazzling 15-man rugby that saw it put the Chiefs to the sword before the ...

Emotional Hammett set to coach final home game for Sunwolves

Jul 1, 2016

Emotional Hammett set to coach final home game for Sunwolves

The Sunwolves go into their final home game of the season Saturday with a depleted squad against a Waratahs side desperate for a win. It doesn’t exactly bode well for head coach Mark Hammett, who will bid farewell to Japan and the Sunwolves following ...

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Jun 30, 2016

Kyoto selected to host draw for 2019 Rugby World Cup

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Kyoto will host the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in May next year, tournament organizers announced on Thursday. Although the exact location has yet to be decided, organizers suggested that a temple or shrine in Japan’s ancient capital could even provide the ...

Jun 30, 2016

Ex-All Blacks winger Jane joins Toshiba Brave Lupus

Former All Blacks winger Cory Jane has signed a two-year contract with theTop League’s Toshiba Brave Lupus, though he will return to play for the Wellington Hurricanes next year, his Super Rugby franchise said on Thursday. Jane will head to Japan at the conclusion ...

Jun 29, 2016

Yamaha match against Toulon canceled

Yamaha Jubilo’s scheduled friendly against Toulon next month has been canceled, the match’s organizers announced Wednesday. Yamaha, Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru’s old side, was supposed to play his new team from the French Top 14 on July 30 at Shizuoka Stadium, but organizers could ...

Jun 27, 2016

Sunwolves confirm Hammett's impending departure

Eighteen days after Mark Hammett was named assistant coach of the Highlanders from 2017, the Sunwolves finally confirmed they would be losing their head coach. The Japanese Super Rugby franchise said Monday that the 43-year-old Hammett, who was named the inaugural coach of the ...

Jun 26, 2016

Wallabies coach Cheika braced for backlash

Michael Cheika is expecting critics to “put the boot in” after the Wallabies were swept 3-0 by England in their June series but expects a handful of experienced European exiles to boost Australia’s Rugby Championship campaign. The 44-40 third-test defeat in Sydney on Saturday ...

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

Jun 26, 2016

Japan looks to future after narrow defeat to Scotland

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Japan back-row forward Amanaki Lelei Mafi admits that the absence of injured Rugby World Cup stars including Ayumu Goromaru and Michael Leitch hurt the Brave Blossoms in their two test-match defeats to Scotland. But the Tonga-born man mountain has backed their youthful replacements to ...

Jun 25, 2016

England holds off Australia to complete series swep

A ruthless England side beat Australia 44-40 in a thrilling rollercoaster of a third test on Saturday to inflict a first 3-0 home series sweep on the Wallabies since 1971. Tries from prop Dan Cole, fullback Mike Brown, No. 8 Billy Vunipola and replacement ...

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Jun 24, 2016

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Japan and Scotland are both hoping to end their seasons in style Saturday by putting on a performance worthy of the occasion. The two sides will battle it out in front of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the stadium that will host the ...