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Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

Rugby Dec 17, 2018

Kolisi looking forward to facing Japan again

by Rich Freeman

Despite unhappy memories of their previous meeting, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi welcomed the announcement Monday that the Springboks will play Japan on Sept. 6 at Kumagaya Rugby Ground as a warm-up game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But having spent the past few ...

Kobe's Carter named Top League MVP in first season

Rugby Dec 16, 2018

Kobe's Carter named Top League MVP in first season

Dan Carter wrapped up his first season in Japan by claiming the Top League MVP award Sunday. A day after helping his team to the league title, the Kobe Kobelco Steelers playmaker was also named Top Kicker with an 86.2 percent success rate, though he ...

Steelers claim Top League title

Rugby Dec 15, 2018

Steelers claim Top League title

The Kobe Kobelco Steelers claimed their second Japan Rugby Top League title Saturday with a 55-5 drubbing of Suntory Sungoliath at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The game also doubled as the All-Japan Championship final and saw Kobe — whose only previous league win came ...

Rugby Dec 15, 2018

Wallabies shake up leadership ranks

Michael Cheika will survive the ax as Wallabies coach but his powers will be curtailed with Scotland-based Scott Johnson appointed director of rugby above him, a report said Friday. Cheika has faced a mounting backlash from dismayed fans and former players after winning just four ...

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Rugby Dec 11, 2018

Yamaha coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya to retire after season

Yamaha Jubilo head coach Katsuyuki Kiyomiya said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the Japan Rugby Top League season. "I'm proud of this club. It has grown into a club worthy of pride," Kiyomiya said following training at the team's base in Iwata, ...

Rugby Dec 9, 2018

Blues edge Shuttles to notch first victory of season

Munakata Sanix Blues picked up their first win of the season on the penultimate weekend of Japan Rugby Top League action as they held on to beat Toyota Industries Shuttles 32-31 on Sunday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground. The victory, on the back of ...

Sungoliath, Steelers advance to Top League final

Rugby Dec 8, 2018

Sungoliath, Steelers advance to Top League final

Matt Giteau's Suntory Sungoliath and Dan Carter's Kobe Kobelco Steelers will play for the Japan Rugby Top League crown after winning their respective semifinals Saturday in Tokyo and Osaka. Giteau kicked a 42-meter penalty in the fifth minute of sudden-death extra time — just the ...

Rugby Dec 7, 2018

SANZAR rejects bid for Pacific Islands' Super Rugby team

An ambitious bid to set up a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team has failed after competition organizers decided it was not commercially viable, the Fiji Rugby Union said Thursday. Including a Pacific team in the Southern Hemisphere competition was seen as a game-changer for rugby ...

Verblitz down Wild Knights, Kobe ease past Ricoh to reach semis

Rugby Dec 2, 2018

Verblitz down Wild Knights, Kobe ease past Ricoh to reach semis

Toyota Verblitz and Kobe Kobelco Steelers are set to meet in the Japan Rugby Top League semifinals following two contrasting quarterfinals on Sunday. Clinton Swart scored a try, created two more, and kicked four penalties along with two conversions, as Jake White's Toyota ran out ...

Suntory, Yamaha move on to Top League semifinals

Rugby Dec 1, 2018

Suntory, Yamaha move on to Top League semifinals

Suntory Sungoliath will play Yamaha Jubilo for a spot in the Japan Rugby Top League final after both sides won hard-fought quarterfinals on Saturday. Suntory held on by the skin of its teeth to beat the Kubota Spears 28-26 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, ...