Blues hold off Sunwolves

Rugby Mar 9, 2019

Blues hold off Sunwolves

An undisciplined performance by the Sunwolves saw them fail in their bid to make it two straight wins in New Zealand on Saturday as the Japanese Super Rugby franchise fell 28-20 to the Blues at QBE Stadium in Albany, north of Auckland. Without the forward ...

Blues drop Sunwolves to 0-7

Rugby Apr 14, 2018

Blues drop Sunwolves to 0-7

by Andrew McKirdy

The Sunwolves let an early lead slip through their fingers to remain winless after seven games of the Super Rugby season after a 24-10 defeat to New Zealand's Blues on Saturday. The Sunwolves took control of the game at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground — ...

Sunwolves seeking first victory of season against Blues

Rugby Apr 13, 2018

Sunwolves seeking first victory of season against Blues

Sunwolves assistant coach Atsushi Tanabe summed up the importance of Saturday's Round 9 Super Rugby game with the Auckland-based Blues when he said "both teams are desperate." Speaking Friday after his team's captain's run at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, Tanabe said the game — ...

Three's never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Music Jan 16, 2018

Three's never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

by Shaun Curran

British sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are discussing why their fourth album "Superscope" is their most upbeat yet. "I think you just get bored of moaning all the time, don't you?" says Daisy, 29. "Going on about love and 'poor old me,' that ...

Sunwolves take finale in rout

More Sports / Rugby 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 ...

Blues singer inspired by ancient tomb mounds

Music Jul 28, 2014

Blues singer inspired by ancient tomb mounds

by Sakura Watanabe

Blues singer Marikofun finds inspiration in a unique place — Japan's ancient tomb mounds, known as kofun in Japanese. She has visited more than 1,000 ancient tomb mounds across Japan over the past seven years — a dedication expressed in the line of one of ...

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

Music Jan 23, 2013

Alabama Shakes tap the roots of Southern blues-rock

by Shaun Curran

Here's a question: what do Russell Crowe, Robert Plant, Jack White and David Byrne all have in common? Incredible talent, fame and money is the obvious response, but the answer is that all four count themselves as part of the growing legion of Alabama Shakes ...