All Blacks whip Brave Blossoms

Rugby Nov 3, 2018

All Blacks whip Brave Blossoms

Japan scored five tries against the world champion All Blacks but still suffered a 69-31 defeat on Saturday. Japan went into the match at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium — the venue for the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup — having never beaten New ...

Steve Hansen names second-string squad to face Brave Blossoms

Rugby Nov 1, 2018

Steve Hansen names second-string squad to face Brave Blossoms

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen on Thursday told his new-look All Blacks to "trust your instincts" after naming his team for Saturday's test against Japan. "The reason you've been selected as an All Black in the first place is because you're a good rugby ...

Japanese rugby history embedded in Hanazono

Rugby Oct 28, 2018

Japanese rugby history embedded in Hanazono

Harumi Okuno pours another batch of octopus-filled batter into the round hollows of the hot griddle and looks out of the serving hatch toward the rugby stadium at the end of the street. "Even if people here didn't play rugby when they were kids, once ...

All Blacks get best of Wallabies

Rugby Oct 27, 2018

All Blacks get best of Wallabies

New Zealand completed a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep of Australia on Saturday with a 37-20 win at the venue where the 2019 Rugby World Cup final will be held. The world champion All Blacks, who had already clinched the series by the time they arrived ...