More Sports / Rugby Mar 1, 2016

Highlanders' Tanaka injures calf

Highlanders scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has injured his calf and will need about four weeks to recover, the reigning Super Rugby champions said Tuesday. The Japan international sustained the injury while practicing in Auckland, and sat out the season opener against the Blues on Friday at ...

More Sports / Rugby Dec 31, 2015

Tanaka warns against complacency in Japanese rugby

Japan scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka has warned that banking on Japan's World Cup success will be a mistake. In a year-end interview, the 30-year-old Tanaka, who plays in the Top League for Panasonic Wild Knights and in Super Rugby for the Highlanders, said Japanese rugby is ...

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

More Sports / Rugby Jul 27, 2015

Japan revamps lineup for Fiji clash

Japan coach Eddie Jones overhauled his lineup on Monday for Wednesday's Pacific Nations Cup clash with Fiji at BMO Field. Michael Leitch will lead a team looking to upset the Flying Fijians with a place in the final still possible. The six sides have been placed ...

More Sports / Rugby Jul 4, 2015

Tanaka in place to break new ground in Super Rugby

A day ahead of the Super Rugby Final against the Hurricanes, Japan and Highlanders scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka worked out on his own on Friday. If Tanaka gets into the game at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, he'll be the first Japanese to play in the final of ...

More Sports / Rugby Oct 8, 2014

Tanaka to return to Highlanders for 2015 Super Rugby season

Japan international Fumiaki Tanaka, will be returning to play for the Highlanders for the 2015 season, the club said on its official website on Wednesday. Tanaka's signing will see him return to Dunedin for his third consecutive Super Rugby season. "It's great to have Fumi back ...