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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

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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, ...

Dec 5, 2015

France captain Dusuatoir retires from test rugby

France captain Thierry Dusautoir has announced his retirement from international rugby, bringing to an end a distinguished test career which saw him captain his country a record 56 times in 80 tests. Dusatoir, one of world rugby’s best flankers over the past decade, led ...

Meyer steps down as coach of Springboks

Dec 4, 2015

Meyer steps down as coach of Springboks

Heyneke Meyer has decided to stand down as coach after four years in charge of the Springboks. The possibility of Meyer being offered a contract extension was due to be discussed by the South African Rugby Union general council at a meeting in Cape ...

Under-fire Meyer steps down as Springboks coach

Dec 3, 2015

Under-fire Meyer steps down as Springboks coach

Heyneke Meyer has decided to stand down as coach after four years in charge of the Springboks. The possibility of Meyer being offered a contract extension was due to be discussed by the South African Rugby Union general council at a meeting in Cape ...

Dec 3, 2015

Verblitz drop injured Palu

Australia back-row forward Wycliff Palu, who was set to join Toyota Verblitz this season, has been dropped by the Top League club due to an injury suffered during the Rugby World Cup in England, the team announced Thursday. The 57-time capped Palu, who had ...

Dec 2, 2015

Rugby World Cup reports no positive drug tests

Organizers say no positive tests have been recorded from nearly 500 doping samples collected during the Rugby World Cup. Tournament organizers announced the results Tuesday of the “intelligence-led, targeted” drug-testing program during the World Cup, which was played in England and Wales from Sept. ...

Thousands mourn Lomu at Eden Park memorial

Nov 30, 2015

Thousands mourn Lomu at Eden Park memorial

World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset led the tributes to Jonah Lomu at a public memorial Monday, saying the former All Blacks winger was a giant whose contribution to the sport “cannot be overstated.” Thousands of mourners, many wearing replicas of Lomu’s No. 11 jersey, ...