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Japan and Fiji to join Six Nations squads for eight-team tournament

Rugby Aug 6, 2020

Japan and Fiji to join Six Nations squads for eight-team tournament

Six Nations organizers announced plans for an eight-team tournament to replace the canceled November tests on Wednesday. Sources have told AFP that Japan, the 2019 Rugby World Cup host, and Fiji will be part of two four-team pools before a final playoff round in December. "We ...

Rugby Aug 6, 2020

Nihon University rugby chief apologizes for coach's abuse of players

The director of Nihon University's rugby department apologized on the team's website on Wednesday for the repeated abuse of players by the school's former head coach. According to the post by the director of rugby, Satoshi Hirayama, students' statements accused the head coach of abuses ...

Former All Blacks Ben Smith, Aaron Cruden bound for Steelers

Rugby Jul 31, 2020

Former All Blacks Ben Smith, Aaron Cruden bound for Steelers

Former All Blacks Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden will join the Kobe Kobelco Steelers in the Japan Rugby Top League next season, the club announced Friday. Smith, who boasts 84 caps for New Zealand, was a member of two consecutive World Cup sides, winning the ...

All Blacks lock Andy Haden, known for lineout dive, dies at age 69

Rugby Jul 29, 2020

All Blacks lock Andy Haden, known for lineout dive, dies at age 69

All Blacks lock Andy Haden, whose feigned fall from a lineout won New Zealand a match-winning penalty against Wales in 1978 and earned him lasting notoriety, has died. He was 69. Haden was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2003 and his condition, which had ...

English Premiership unhappy with 'unilateral' calendar changes

Rugby Jul 24, 2020

English Premiership unhappy with 'unilateral' calendar changes

English Premiership chiefs have criticised World Rugby's "unilateral decision" to stage test matches in December. The global governing body announced Wednesday a revised international calendar in response to the coronavirus pandemic that is set to see the Southern Hemisphere's delayed Rugby Championship taking place from ...