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Rugby Mar 24, 2019

Sunwolves pay price for mistakes against Lions

The Sunwolves were full of fire but short on finish Saturday as they were overpowered 37-24 in a six-try effort as the Lions exploited a pile of mistakes by the Japanese side. The Sunwolves were awarded a sixth-minute penalty try after a relentless opening assault. ...

Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

Rugby Mar 22, 2019

Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

The Sunwolves' exit from Super Rugby was confirmed Friday with the tournament organizer saying in a press release that the immediate future of the competition "rests with a 14-team, round robin, competition format." The revised format will come into operation and kick off in 2021, ...

Sunwolves to be booted from Super Rugby: report

Rugby Mar 20, 2019

Sunwolves to be booted from Super Rugby: report

Japan's ground-breaking Sunwolves team are set to be axed from Super Rugby, a report said on Wednesday, as the governing body prepared to make an announcement about the competition's future. Sydney's Daily Telegraph said the Sunwolves would be sacrificed as the 15-team, globe-crossing tournament reverts ...

New Zealand rugby's Crusaders to mull name change after mosque massacre

Rugby Mar 18, 2019

New Zealand rugby's Crusaders to mull name change after mosque massacre

New Zealand's Canterbury Crusaders rugby team said they would consult with the Muslim community about a potential change of name after criticism following Friday's massacre at two mosques in their home city of Christchurch. The name of the reigning Super Rugby champions has been questioned ...

Eddie Jones grateful for Scotland 'lesson' ahead of World Cup

Rugby Mar 17, 2019

Eddie Jones grateful for Scotland 'lesson' ahead of World Cup

England head coach Eddie Jones said he hoped his team would learn a valuable World Cup lesson after it was "seduced by the scoreboard" as Scotland produced an astonishing fightback in a 38-38 draw at Twickenham on Saturday. England, knowing before kick-off their title hopes ...

Sunwolves blow big lead in loss

Rugby Mar 16, 2019

Sunwolves blow big lead in loss

The Sunwolves scored three-first half tries but were unable to hold onto the lead Saturday, losing a heartbreaker to the visiting Queensland Reds 34-31. Playing in front of a full house at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the Sunwolves took a 21-5 lead into halftime, ...

Rugby Mar 15, 2019

JRFU supports proposal for 12-team Nations Championship

The Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday it supports the establishment of a 12-team Nations Championship as proposed by the sport's global governing body. World Rugby met Thursday in Dublin with the heads of the prospective unions to make its pitch for the competition incorporating ...

Rugby Mar 15, 2019

Chiefs halt four-match losing streak in draw with Hurricanes

Damien McKenzie reveled in a positional switch, scoring a try among 18 points as the Chiefs ended a four-match losing streak by drawing with the Hurricanes 23-23 in Super Rugby on Friday. McKenzie moved to fullback after playing the first four matches of the season ...