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’ ...

Apr 30, 2016

Japan routs South Korea in ARC tilt

No Eddie Jones, no Rugby World Cup stars, no Super Rugby starters all proved to be no bother for Japan as the Brave Blossoms opened the Asia Rugby Championship with an 85-0 thrashing of South Korea on Saturday. On a gorgeous spring day in ...

Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

Apr 29, 2016

Jones critical of Japan over succession, work ethic

With Japan set for a test match on Saturday, the Brave Blossoms’ first since their heroics at last year’s Rugby World Cup, former coach Eddie Jones is less than impressed with how things have panned out regarding his successor. “What other team, what serious ...

England tops France to complete Grand Slam

Mar 20, 2016

England tops France to complete Grand Slam

Six Nations champion England completed its first Grand Slam in 13 years after beating France 31-21 in an error-strewn finale on Saturday. England, handed the title last weekend after France lost to Scotland, scored three tries to none but kept giving away kickable penalties ...

England edges Wales in Six Nations

Mar 13, 2016

England edges Wales in Six Nations

England moved within sight of the Six Nations title and a first Grand Slam since 2003 by beating Wales 25-21 on Saturday, thanks to a punishing first-half display and flawless goalkicking from Owen Farrell. Farrell kicked six penalties and converted Anthony Watson’s 32nd-minute try ...

England coach Jones goes into self-imposed silence

Feb 28, 2016

England coach Jones goes into self-imposed silence

England coach Eddie Jones has reacted to the outcry over his comments about Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton’s welfare by placing a self-imposed media blackout ahead of his side’s virtual title decider against Wales in the Six Nations. “I’m putting a media ban on myself,” ...

Feb 24, 2016

Former Brave Blossoms captain Hirose to retire

Toshiaki Hirose, who earned 28 caps for the Brave Blossoms, and for two years captained Japan under head coach Eddie Jones, announced he was ending his playing career on Wednesday. The 34-year-old wing for Top League side Toshiba Brave Lupus was named to last ...

Jones victorious in first Six Nations match as England coach

Feb 7, 2016

Jones victorious in first Six Nations match as England coach

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” was resounding around an otherwise muted Murrayfield when England drove Scotland back in the scrum for a penalty, one final indignity for the beaten boys in blue. There was still time for England No. 8 Billy Vunipola to make another ...

Jones wants England to recover 'fear factor'

Jan 28, 2016

Jones wants England to recover 'fear factor'

Forward power rather than “fancy” rugby holds the key to England’s chances of success in the Six Nations Championship, according to new head coach Eddie Jones. Traditionally, England has been known for the strength of its forwards and Jones, the first foreigner to coach ...

Jan 20, 2016

Highlanders expected to announce Joseph's move to Japan

The long and winding road to name a successor to Eddie Jones as head coach of the Brave Blossoms looks like it is finally coming to an end. New Zealand’s Otago Daily Times told Kyodo News on Wednesday that Super Rugby champions the Highlanders ...

Many questions remain for Japan's Sunwolves

Jan 7, 2016

Many questions remain for Japan's Sunwolves

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With just over seven weeks to go until the Sunwolves make their Super Rugby debut against the Johannesburg-based Lions in Tokyo, the good news is the team finally have a coach and a full roster of players. But the Dec. 21 announcement of Mark ...