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May 26, 2016

JRFU alters rugby national championship format

The top three teams in the Top League and the winner of the university championship will compete under a tournament format at the rugby national championship in January next year, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday. The Top League champions will play the ...

Goromaru finished for Super Rugby season

May 22, 2016

Goromaru finished for Super Rugby season

Japan Rugby World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru faces shoulder surgery next week and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season with the Queensland Reds, the club said Sunday. Goromaru, 30, suffered an AC joint separation in the Reds’ 35-25 win over Japan’s ...

May 21, 2016

Brave Blossoms rout South Korea in Asia Rugby Championship match

Japan made it three straight bonus-point wins in this year’s Asia Rugby Championship, beating South Korea 60-3 on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms ran in 10 tries at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field, with Atsushi Sakate and Ryohei Yamanaka both bagging braces. The win lifts Ryuji ...

May 21, 2016

Former 49er Hayne to suit up for Fiji

Former rugby league and NFL player Jarryd Hayne has been drafted by a Fiji squad looking to confirm a second straight rugby sevens world series triumph this weekend. Fiji confirmed Hayne on Friday for his rugby sevens international debut, as an injury replacement for ...

Reds get past Sunwolves

May 21, 2016

Reds get past Sunwolves

The Sunwolves once again suffered heartbreak Saturday as they lost 35-25 to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium. Besides once again losing a game that was within their grasp, the Sunwolves also lost lock Tim Bond to a season-ending knee injury. “It was a very ...

May 19, 2016

Top League to change bonus point system, foreign player limit

Japan Top League teams will be able to play more foreign-born players this autumn, the league said Thursday, when it announced several changes to the competition ahead of the 2016-2017 season. Until now teams were able to have up to three foreign-born players on ...

Yamaha source casts doubt on Goromaru's Toulon move

May 19, 2016

Yamaha source casts doubt on Goromaru's Toulon move

The mystery over where Ayumu Goromaru will play rugby next season intensified Thursday with a Yamaha Jubilo source saying the club was still waiting to hear from the Japan fullback. Reports earlier in the week suggested the 30-year-old had decided to leave the Reds ...

May 17, 2016

Goromaru set to join Toulon next season

Ayumu Goromaru, Japan’s 2015 Rugby World Cup hero, has reached a basic agreement to join French first-division club Toulon next season, Kyodo News learned Tuesday. The 30-year-old fullback is in the final round of negotiations with the three-time European champions and a deal could ...

May 16, 2016

Wallaby legend Smith returning to Suntory

Suntory Sungoliath confirmed Monday that George Smith was returning to the club for the 2016-2017 Top League season. The former Wallaby previously played for Sungoliath from 2011-2014 before heading to Europe. Last week Smith, who won 111 caps for Australia, was named the Players’ ...