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Unbeaten Wild Knights trounce Verblitz

The Panasonic Wild Knights made it five straight bonus-point wins to start the Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the Toyota Verblitz 43-16 at Kumagaya Sports Stadium. Robbie Deans' side was made to work hard by Jake White's team, for whom Lionel Cronje and captain Kazuki Himeno were outstanding. But ...

All Blacks throttle visiting Springboks

/ Sep 16, 2017

All Blacks throttle visiting Springboks

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett inspired the All Blacks to a record 57-0 win over the Springboks in a Rugby Championship test Saturday, dashing South Africa's belief in the revival of its rugby fortunes this season. Barrett's attacking master class helped the All Blacks score four tries ...

Sungoliath pounce on Shining Arcs

/ Sep 9, 2017

Sungoliath pounce on Shining Arcs

The Suntory Sungoliath jumped above the Kobe Kobelco Steelers to head the Japan Rugby Top League's Red Conference on Saturday thanks to a 36-11 victory over the NTT Communications Shining Arcs. George Smith showed his full array of skills at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground ...

/ Sep 6, 2017

Rugby World Cup match schedule to be unveiled Nov. 2

The match schedule for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan will be announced Nov. 2, exactly two years before the tournament's final match, organizers said Wednesday. The organizers plan to unveil the fixtures, venues and details of ticket sales then. So far, the opening ...

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums

/ Sep 5, 2017

Supreme Court judge rejects Western Force's appeal

A Supreme Court judge has dismissed an appeal by the Western Force against its scrapping from the Super Rugby competition. In the New South Wales state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice David Hammerschlag dismissed the Perth-based Western Force's challenge against the Australian Rugby Union's decision ...

/ Sep 3, 2017

Shining Arcs derail Liners for second win of season

Four second-half tries saw NTT Communications Shining Arcs win their second Japan Top League game of the season on Sunday, a 36-10 victory over Kintetsu Liners. Jumpei Ogura scored a try and kicked three conversions to earn man-of-the-match honors for the Shining Arcs, who improved ...

Sungoliath rally past Jubilo

/ Sep 2, 2017

Sungoliath rally past Jubilo

Defending Top League champion Suntory Sungoliath showed they are not giving their title up without a fight Saturday, rallying to beat Yamaha Jubilo 27-24 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. A try after the hooter from Kosei Ono from a quickly taken penalty by Atsushi ...

/ Aug 29, 2017

Apparent heart attack kills Duggan at 67

Former Ireland international Willie Duggan has died at the age of 67, Irish Rugby announced on Monday. "Sad news today that Ireland legend Willie Duggan has passed away," the Irish governing body said on Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May ...

Wild Knights hammer Eagles

/ Aug 26, 2017

Wild Knights hammer Eagles

The Panasonic Wild Knights maintained their perfect start to the new Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday, beating the Canon Eagles 43-8 at Kumagaya Athletic Stadium. Digby Ioane and Akihito Yamada each picked up a brace of five-pointers and Kenki Fukuoka and Takuya Yamasawa also ...

All Blacks top Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup thriller

/ Aug 26, 2017

All Blacks top Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup thriller

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored a try with two minutes remaining to give the All Blacks a 35-29 win over the Wallabies on Saturday, allowing them to retain the Bledisloe Cup in a classic rugby test. Barrett finished with two tries and 20 points as New ...