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Rugby World Cup hero Tanaka slams JRFU for lack of effort

Panasonic Wild Knights and Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka said Saturday that the Japan Rugby Football Union lacks the necessary zeal to capitalize on this year’s success at the Rugby World Cup. The Kyoto native was given a special sports award from the city of Kyoto, which hosted a Top League ...

Nov 26, 2015

JRFU whittles down coaching candidates

The Japan Rugby Football Union reported on Wednesday that it is ready to begin individual negotiations with its top candidates to replace Eddie Jones as head coach of the national team. “You can count them on one hand,” executive director Noriyuki Sakamoto said on ...

Nov 25, 2015

New SANZAR boss confident Sunwolves will be ready


Despite not having a coach or officially naming a single member of their playing roster, Japan’s new Super Rugby side, the Sunwolves, will be ready to take part in the competition, according to new SANZAR chief executive Andy Marinos. The South African, who played ...

Nov 23, 2015

Lomu memorial set for Eden Park

New Zealanders will have the chance to mourn rugby great Jonah Lomu at a public memorial in Auckland’s Eden Park stadium next week, Prime Minister John Key said Monday. Such has been the outpouring of grief among Kiwis at Lomu’s shock death last week ...

Jones excited by England challenge

Nov 21, 2015

Jones excited by England challenge

Eddie Jones has insisted there will be no conflict of loyalties when he coaches England against his native Australia for the first time next year. Jones was in charge of the Wallabies when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England in Sydney. ...

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England hands reins to Jones

Nov 20, 2015

England hands reins to Jones

England turned to the man who masterminded arguably the biggest upset in rugby history to revive its national team on Friday, hiring Eddie Jones on a four-year deal as the country’s first foreign-born coach. Jones, a 55-year-old Australian, was bought out of his contract ...

Nov 19, 2015

Ex-Brave Blossoms boss Jones linked to England job: reports

Eddie Jones is reportedly in talks with England’s Rugby Football Union about becoming the national team’s next head coach, and the first from overseas. Sections of the British media reported that the 55-year-old Australian was close to being appointed, with the London Evening Standard ...

All Blacks captain McCaw confirms retirement from game

Nov 19, 2015

All Blacks captain McCaw confirms retirement from game

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw made it official: he’s retiring from all rugby after a record 148 test matches across a 14-year international career capped with back-to-back World Cup titles. McCaw used a news conference broadcast live in New Zealand on Thursday to confirm ...

Nov 18, 2015

South African union takes charge of Super Rugby's Kings

The South Africa Rugby Union is taking control of the Southern Kings Super Rugby team, which is broke and hasn’t been able to pay players and officials their October salaries. The Kings asked for the help, the national union said on Tuesday. Based in ...

All Blacks legend Lomu dies at 40

Nov 18, 2015

All Blacks legend Lomu dies at 40

Jonah Lomu, who bulldozed opponents with his size and blistering speed only to be felled by a kidney illness that extinguished his meteoric All Blacks career, died suddenly on Wednesday. He was 40. “Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his ...

Nov 16, 2015

Springbok Kriel joins Red Hurricanes

Top League side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes announced the signing of South African international Jesse Kriel on Monday. The 21-year-old Springbok, who can play center and wing, started six and appeared in all seven games at the recently finished Rugby World Cup in England, ...

Nov 14, 2015

Goromaru passes 1,000-point milestone

On the day Brave Blossoms pinup boy Ayumu Goromaru became just the second player after Ryan Nicholas to pass 1,000 Top League points, Japan captain Michael Leitch took just seven minutes to pick up his first five-pointer of the new season. Leitch, who was ...

Nov 13, 2015

Japan team worries Super Rugby

Super Rugby organizers are starting to express concern about the strength of the Japanese club which is due to join the Southern Hemisphere competition next season. New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said SANZAR, the tournament’s governing body, was confident the Argentine club ...