Japan fans sad but proud after Rugby World Cup exit

Oct 11, 2015

Japan fans sad but proud after Rugby World Cup exit

Japanese rugby fans reacted philosophically after Scotland’s narrow 36-33 victory over Samoa on Saturday eliminated their team from the World Cup. After stunning two-time World Cup winners South Africa in its opening match and beating Samoa in their third, Japan needed the Pacific islanders ...

High school rugby unites small city in Nara

Sep 7, 2015

High school rugby unites small city in Nara

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A public high school in Nara Prefecture is cementing its position as the unlikely host of a rugby tournament in a sport dominated in Japan by private schools. Some 30 teams from across the country attended this year’s weeklong event from July 21, hosted ...

Sep 3, 2015

Samoa's Thompson suspended for Rugby World Cup opener

Veteran Samoan lock Kane Thompson will miss his country’s opening game at the Rugby World Cup against the United States after receiving a two-match ban for punching an opponent, the governing body, World Rugby, announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old New Zealand-born second row, set ...