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Rugby Jan 19, 2020

Berrick Barnes leads Black Rams past Blues

Berrick Barnes kicked eight points to lead Ricoh Black Rams past Munakata Sanix Blues 18-16 on Sunday for their first win of the Japan Top League season. The former Wallaby and 2013-2014 Top League MVP for Panasonic Wild Knights opened the scoring with two early ...

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby Jan 19, 2020

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby World Cup star Kenki Fukuoka said Saturday he was relieved to score a try in his final 15s match of the season as he shifts his focus toward this summer's Tokyo Olympics. "I'm happy and relieved," Fukuoka said after his Panasonic Wild Knights defeated ...

Robbie Deans' Wild Knights top Steve Hansen's Verblitz

Rugby Jan 18, 2020

Robbie Deans' Wild Knights top Steve Hansen's Verblitz

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen remains winless in the Japan Rugby Top League after his Toyota Verblitz side were beaten 40-20 by Robbie Deans' Panasonic Wild Knights in front of 37,050 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. Kenki Fukuoka, playing his final 15s game of ...

Top League kicks off in front of big crowds

Rugby Jan 12, 2020

Top League kicks off in front of big crowds

by Rich Freeman

The 2019-2020 Japan Rugby Top League season kicked off Sunday with a plethora of world superstars and Rugby World Cup winners playing in front of big crowds across the nation. The season was pushed back five months to accommodate last year's World Cup and will ...

Rugby Jan 10, 2020

Brave Blossoms to host Wales in June test

The Brave Blossoms, who reached the quarterfinals of last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, will play host to Wales on June 27, both nation's rugby unions announced Friday. Wales is eager to continue its engagement with Japan after reaching the semifinals last year and ...

Rugby Dec 27, 2019

Former Ospreys boss Steve Tandy named Scotland's new defense coach

Scotland has appointed former Ospreys boss Steve Tandy as its new defense coach after announcing earlier Friday that head coach Gregor Townsend's deputy Matt Taylor had been allowed to join Australia with immediate effect. Scottish Rugby also announced it had hired former France prop Pieter ...