Lock Brodie Retallick back for All Blacks against Ireland

Rugby Oct 17, 2019

Lock Brodie Retallick back for All Blacks against Ireland

Lock Brodie Retallick has returned for the All Blacks in arguably their strongest side for Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland at Tokyo Stadium. The three-time world champions gave squad players and those returning from injury some game time and trialed combinations against Canada ...

Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

Rugby Oct 2, 2019

Brave Blossoms play down comments on officiating

by Rich Freeman

Japan defense coach Scott Hansen put aside reports that World Rugby has admitted the referee got three out of four offside calls wrong in the Brave Blossoms' 19-12 defeat of Ireland last weekend in Shizuoka, saying his team "were only looking forward." "Those looking back, ...

Shocked Ireland fans praise Japan after unexpected loss

Rugby Sep 28, 2019

Shocked Ireland fans praise Japan after unexpected loss

Fervent Ireland rugby fans were in shock on Saturday but also praised Rugby World Cup host Japan for a stunning 19-12 win over their team, which entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the world. "I feel that you never underestimate your opponents. Never," said ...