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Rugby Apr 1, 2019

Ryan Crotty to leave All Blacks for Japan after World Cup

All Blacks center Ryan Crotty announced Monday he will end his international career after this year's World Cup and play club rugby in Japan. Crotty, who will turn 31 during the tournament, said that after 11 years with the Canterbury Crusaders Super Rugby club it ...

Wild Knights announce departure of several key players

Rugby Mar 29, 2019

Wild Knights announce departure of several key players

The Panasonic Wild Knights on Friday announced the departure of Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka and winger Akihito Yamada from the Top League club. In a major personnel shakeup for the Ota, Gunma Prefecture-based Wild Knights, Australian flyhalf Berrick Barnes, a two-time Top League MVP, will ...

Sunwolves shock Waratahs for rare away victory

Rugby Mar 29, 2019

Sunwolves shock Waratahs for rare away victory

The Sunwolves stunned the Waratahs Friday for only their second away victory ever, and first in Australia, as the Crusaders emphatically bounced back from a rare Super Rugby loss to crush the Hurricanes. It was a timely message from the struggling franchise, which a week ...

Sunwolves hope to avenge loss to Waratahs

Rugby Mar 28, 2019

Sunwolves hope to avenge loss to Waratahs

The Sunwolves head into Friday's game against the New South Wales Waratahs hoping to right a perceived wrong. Back in Round 2 of the Super Rugby campaign on Feb. 23, the Waratahs won a thriller in Tokyo 31-30 after a last-minute piece of foul play ...

Six Nations participants have 'huge concerns' over proposed global league

Rugby Mar 27, 2019

Six Nations participants have 'huge concerns' over proposed global league

Concerns about the financial impact of relegation could lead to Europe's top rugby countries rejecting proposals for a new World Rugby Nations Championship. World Rugby, the sport's governing body, wants to introduce a global competition featuring 12 countries — initially teams in the Six Nations ...

Sunwolves cull a blow to Asian rugby before World Cup

Rugby Mar 25, 2019

Sunwolves cull a blow to Asian rugby before World Cup

The decision by Super Rugby organizers to give Japan's Sunwolves the boot six months before the country hosts the World Cup has sparked concerns about the sport's growth prospects in Asia. The axe will fall on the Tokyo-based franchise after next season following a chastening ...

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 ...