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Springboks delay decision on Rugby Championship participation

Rugby Oct 11, 2020

Springboks delay decision on Rugby Championship participation

The participation of world champion South Africa in the 2020 Rugby Championship hangs in the balance after a statement released Saturday said a decision would be made next week. A coronavirus-induced ban on international sport by the South African government was lifted recently and the ...

New coaches pick new players in Wallabies and All Blacks squads

Rugby Oct 9, 2020

New coaches pick new players in Wallabies and All Blacks squads

New All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has selected Richie Mo’unga at flyhalf and included three new caps on the bench in his squad for Sunday’s first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia. Foster opted for the in-form Mo’unga at No. 10 ahead of the incumbent ...

Former Japan international Hiroki Yuhara dies at 36

Rugby Sep 30, 2020

Former Japan international Hiroki Yuhara dies at 36

Hiroki Yuhara, a former member of the Japan national side and the Toshiba Brave Lupus forwards coach, died at the age of 36 on Monday, the Top League club announced. The cause of death has not been revealed, although sources with knowledge of the incident ...

South Africa pulls teams from Super Rugby to play in Europe

Rugby Sep 30, 2020

South Africa pulls teams from Super Rugby to play in Europe

The South African Rugby Union decided Tuesday to withdraw its top club teams from Super Rugby in favor of playing in Europe's PRO14 league, and blamed New Zealand for the sudden breakup of the southern hemisphere competition. The decision was made after a vote of ...

Top League reveals 2021 format in final season before pro league

Rugby Sep 29, 2020

Top League reveals 2021 format in final season before pro league

The Japan Rugby Top League announced Monday the format for its 2021 season, the last planned before the launch of a new professional competition the following year. The season will kick off Jan. 16 and conclude in May. It will comprise three stages involving all ...

Wallabies coach backs New Zealand call for early finish

Rugby Sep 27, 2020

Wallabies coach backs New Zealand call for early finish

Australia coach Dave Rennie sided with New Zealand Sunday over a scheduling row threatening to derail the Rugby Championship, but he held back from saying it would be resolved. The stumbling block is New Zealand's demand that the tournament, which also involves South Africa and ...

Georgia replaces Japan in Europe's new Autumn Nations Cup

Rugby Sep 11, 2020

Georgia replaces Japan in Europe's new Autumn Nations Cup

Georgia will replace Japan in the new eight-team Autumn Nations Cup competition being held in Europe in November, with the format and fixtures confirmed by organizers on Thursday. After the original November internationals were cancelled because of travel restrictions impacting the Southern Hemisphere nations, an ...

Kotaro Matsushima makes French Top 14 debut with Clermont

Rugby Sep 7, 2020

Kotaro Matsushima makes French Top 14 debut with Clermont

Kotaro Matsushima, who led Japan with five tries at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, made his official debut for French Top 14 side Clermont in a 33-30 win over reigning champion Toulouse on Sunday. The 27-year-old fullback roused his new home crowd in the early ...