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Japan's Ohata to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

Nov 14, 2016

Japan's Ohata to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

Former Japan international Daisuke Ohata will be inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame this week, the international governing body announced Monday. Ohata, 41, who played for Kobe Kobelco Steelers, Japan and the Japan sevens team, is the current world record holder for most ...

Goromaru makes first Toulon start

Nov 14, 2016

Goromaru makes first Toulon start

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru started his first game for Toulon on Sunday as he played the full 80 minutes in his side’s 31-12 win over Stade Francais in the French Top 14. The 30-year-old, who made his Toulon debut a week earlier off the ...

Nov 10, 2016

Karauna named new Japan sevens coach

Japan sevens coaches Tomohiro Segawa and Keiko Asami have both stood down from their roles, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. Segawa, who led the Japan men’s team to a fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympics, will be replaced by New Zealander Damian ...

Nov 7, 2016

Goromaru makes Toulon debut

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru made his debut for Toulon in the French Top 14 on Sunday, coming off the bench in the 56th minute of his team’s 27-13 defeat away to Lyon. Goromaru, who has been out of action since May after hurting his ...

Ireland ends 111-year drought against New Zealand

Nov 6, 2016

Ireland ends 111-year drought against New Zealand

Ireland stunned New Zealand 40-29 on Saturday to claim a historic first-ever win over the All Blacks and end the world champions’ record 18-match winning streak. In a breathtaking upset, Ireland outscored New Zealand five tries to four to seal its first win over ...

Nov 5, 2016

Maori All Blacks storm past U.S.

New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks cruised past the United States 54-7 to open their three-match tour of North America and Europe with a comfortable victory on Friday. Japan-born loose forward Akira Ioane scored twice as the New Zealanders outclassed the Eagles by eight tries ...

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

Nov 5, 2016

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

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Japan lost 54-20 to Argentina on Saturday to deny Jamie Joseph a winning start to his reign as Brave Blossoms manager. Japan, which now heads to Europe to play test matches against Georgia, Wales and Fiji, conceded two first-half tries against 2015 Rugby World ...

Joseph makes national team coaching debut against Argentina

Nov 4, 2016

Joseph makes national team coaching debut against Argentina

French philosopher Albert Camus once said “You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” It’s something the Japan national rugby team will understand Saturday as it takes on Argentina at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in its first test under new coach Jamie Joseph. ...

Nov 3, 2016

Olympian Lemeki excited about Brave Blossoms debut

Lomano Lava Lemeki will cap off a memorable year on Saturday when he makes his debut for the Brave Blossoms against Argentina at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Not that it will be the first time the 27-year-old wing has represented his adopted country. ...

Nov 2, 2016

Leitch opts to play for Chiefs

Michael Leitch, Japan’s captain at Rugby World Cup 2015, has once again opted to play for the New Zealand-based Chiefs rather than the Sunwolves in next year’s Super Rugby competition. The 28-year-old back-row forward’s name was included in the Chiefs roster Wednesday, when the ...