Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums
Schedule
Allister Coetzee done after two rocky years as Springboks coach

Feb 2, 2018

Allister Coetzee done after two rocky years as Springboks coach

Allister Coetzee was forced out as South Africa rugby coach on Friday after two years in which the Springboks plummeted to never-before-seen depths. The departure was described by SA Rugby as by mutual agreement but it was widely reported it was seeking to sack Coetzee ...

Feb 1, 2018

Sungoliath cut George Smith after alleged assault

Australian rugby legend George Smith will no longer play for Suntory Sungoliath after the club said Thursday it had canceled the player's contract for his alleged assault of a taxi driver late last year. The 37-year-old flanker was arrested on Dec. 31 on suspicion of ...

All Blacks to play Wallabies in Yokohama in October

Jan 31, 2018

All Blacks to play Wallabies in Yokohama in October

Japanese rugby fans will get a double dose of world champion New Zealand later this year following the announcement Wednesday that the All Blacks will play Australia in Yokohama on Oct. 27. The game at Nissan Stadium comes a week before Steve Hansen's team takes ...

Jan 25, 2018

Graham Williams, rugged All Blacks flanker, dies at 72

Graham Williams, a famously rugged All Blacks flanker who once tried to return to the field after his ear was torn off in a provincial match, has died. He was 72. New Zealand Rugby said Thursday that Williams, who played five tests among 18 matches ...

Suntory fullback Kotaro Matsushima named Top League MVP

Jan 21, 2018

Suntory fullback Kotaro Matsushima named Top League MVP

Suntory Sungoliath fullback Kotaro Matsushima won the Japan Rugby Top League's Most Valuable Player Award on Sunday. "I'm so happy to receive this award. Being picked when there are so many outstanding players is an honor," said the 24-year-old Matsushima, whose club recently won its ...

Hino Red Dolphins earn promotion to Top League for first time

Jan 20, 2018

Hino Red Dolphins earn promotion to Top League for first time

The NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes were demoted following a 20-17 loss to the Hino Red Dolphins in Saturday's Top League relegation-promotion playoffs. Shigenori Someyama kicked two conversions and two penalties, the final one breaking a 17-17 tie in the 73rd minute that sent the Red ...

Former Japan coach Eddie Jones signs extension with England

Jan 17, 2018

Former Japan coach Eddie Jones signs extension with England

Former Japan coach and current England boss Eddie Jones has extended his contract with the national team until 2021, the Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday. Jones, who headed the Brave Blossoms from 2012 to 2015, was originally contracted with England until the 2019 World Cup ...

Rugby star George Smith arrested for punching taxi driver in Tokyo

Jan 17, 2018

Rugby star George Smith arrested for punching taxi driver in Tokyo

Australian rugby legend George Smith was arrested by the Tokyo police on New Year's Eve for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver after refusing to pay his fare, authorities said Wednesday. According to the police, shortly after midnight on Dec. 31, the 37-year-old flanker, who played ...