Highlanders pulverize Sunwolves in Super Rugby beatdown

Rugby Apr 26, 2019

Highlanders pulverize Sunwolves in Super Rugby beatdown

The Sunwolves surrendered eight tries in a humiliating 52-0 Super Rugby defeat on Friday night to the New Zealand-based Highlanders. Playing in chilly rain at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the Sunwolves' pack was overpowered at every opportunity as the Highlanders' forwards made a mockery ...

Sunwolves no match for Highlanders

More Sports / Rugby Apr 22, 2017

Sunwolves no match for Highlanders

The Sunwolves showed their depth of resilience and fight, but ultimately came up short yet again as the Highlanders handed them their seventh loss of the Super Rugby season in Invercargill on Saturday. Tokyo's team crossed the line four times, but errors and line-ball refereeing ...

More Sports / Rugby Apr 20, 2017

Tiatia makes changes to Sunwolves lineup

Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia rung the changes in naming his team Thursday to take on the Highlanders in Invercargill, New Zealand, this weekend. Tiatia's run-on XV shows seven changes and one positional switch from the side that started last week's 50-3 loss to the Crusaders ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 27, 2016

Sunwolves confirm Hammett's impending departure

Eighteen days after Mark Hammett was named assistant coach of the Highlanders from 2017, the Sunwolves finally confirmed they would be losing their head coach. The Japanese Super Rugby franchise said Monday that the 43-year-old Hammett, who was named the inaugural coach of the Sunwolves ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 9, 2016

Sunwolves losing coach Hammett to Highlanders

There was mixed news for Japanese rugby from Dunedin, New Zealand, on Thursday as the Highlanders confirmed their coaching staff for the 2017 Super Rugby season. The bad news is that the Sunwolves will need a new head coach after it was confirmed that Mark ...

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 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 ...