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Toshiba storms past NEC in weather-delayed match

The Toshiba Brave Lupus juggernaut took the first step toward getting back on track as they opened their new Japan Rugby Top League season Saturday with a 20-0 win over the NEC Green Rockets. To do so, however, Toshiba had to withstand a rare delay to proceedings on the way as ...

Japan women remain winless at World Cup

/ Aug 18, 2017

Japan women remain winless at World Cup

Japan showed its attacking ability with three late tries Thursday, but it was not enough to prevent a third-straight pool stage loss as it went down 29-15 to Australia in the Women's Rugby World Cup. With losses to Australia, Ireland and France, Japan finished at ...

Top League returns with new format

/ Aug 17, 2017

Top League returns with new format

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The new Japan Rugby Top League season kicks off Friday with five games being played across the country. Defending champion Suntory Sungoliath open their campaign against the Canon Eagles with fans, players and coaches alike forced to get used to yet another new format. This season, ...

Jones wants England to go native at 2019 Rugby World Cup

/ Aug 10, 2017

Jones wants England to go native at 2019 Rugby World Cup

England coach Eddie Jones said Thursday he wanted his players "close to normal life" during the 2019 World Cup in Japan after taking his backroom staff on a reconnaissance mission to the country. The back-to-back Six Nations champions will likely be one of the favorites ...

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

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Super Rugby's Rebels re-sign Japan international Mafi

/ Aug 9, 2017

Super Rugby's Rebels re-sign Japan international Mafi

Their Super Rugby future may be in doubt, but the Melbourne Rebels are certain they want Tonga-born Japan international Amanaki Mafi back for next season. The Rebels announced Wednesday that Mafi, who has played 16 tests for Japan, would return in the backrow. Mafi, 27, was ...

Flanker Hooper appointed Wallabies captain

/ Aug 2, 2017

Flanker Hooper appointed Wallabies captain

Flanker Michael Hooper has replaced Stephen Moore as captain of the Wallabies after the veteran hooker elected to step down ahead of his retirement from international rugby at the end of the season. Hooper would lead the rebuilding team into back-to-back tests against the All ...

Sunwolves take finale in rout

/ Jul 15, 2017

Sunwolves take finale in rout

The Sunwolves wrapped up their second Super Rugby season on a winning note Saturday, coming from behind to beat the Blues 48-21. Filo Tiatia's side demolished the three-time winners from Auckland in sweltering heat, which reached 43 C at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. Timothy Lafaele ...

Stormers punish Sunwolves for lapses

/ Jul 9, 2017

Stormers punish Sunwolves for lapses

The Sunwolves encountered some familiar problems Saturday night as they lost the penultimate game of their 2017 Super Rugby season 52-15 against the Stormers at Cape Town's Newlands Stadium. The Sunwolves' poor discipline allowed the Stormers to score early and their inability to last the ...