Rugby Jan 10, 2020

Brave Blossoms to host Wales in June test

The Brave Blossoms, who reached the quarterfinals of last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, will play host to Wales on June 27, both nation's rugby unions announced Friday. Wales is eager to continue its engagement with Japan after reaching the semifinals last year and ...

Part of Rugby World Cup windfall to be spent on legacy projects

Rugby Dec 13, 2019

Part of Rugby World Cup windfall to be spent on legacy projects

Ticket revenue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup totaled some ¥37.3 billion ($343 million), outstripping estimates by around ¥2.3 billion, the local organizers said Thursday. Around 1.84 million tickets were sold for the Sept. 20 to Nov. 2 World Cup, the first edition of the ...

Springboks' Cheslin Kolbe earns Top 14 honor

Rugby Nov 26, 2019

Springboks' Cheslin Kolbe earns Top 14 honor

Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe was named the Top 14's player of the season on Monday, the French League announced at a ceremony. Kolbe, 26, lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy with the Springboks earlier this month after having helped his club Toulouse to the ...

Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

Rugby Nov 21, 2019

Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

The Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday the Brave Blossoms will take part in a parade in Tokyo on Dec. 11 to express their appreciation to their fans following their successful Rugby World Cup campaign. The JRFU said it is coordinating with the 31 players ...

Beauden Barrett backs Ian Foster in New Zealand coaching search

Rugby Nov 5, 2019

Beauden Barrett backs Ian Foster in New Zealand coaching search

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett has voiced his support for Ian Foster's bid to take over from Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach, saying he would like to see "continuity" in the role, local media have reported. Hansen ended his 16-year association with the team ...