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Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

Rugby Mar 22, 2019

Sunwolves kicked out of Super Rugby after 2020 season

The Sunwolves' exit from Super Rugby was confirmed Friday with the tournament organizer saying in a press release that the immediate future of the competition "rests with a 14-team, round robin, competition format." The revised format will come into operation and kick off in 2021, ...

Rugby Mar 15, 2019

JRFU supports proposal for 12-team Nations Championship

The Japan Rugby Football Union said Friday it supports the establishment of a 12-team Nations Championship as proposed by the sport's global governing body. World Rugby met Thursday in Dublin with the heads of the prospective unions to make its pitch for the competition incorporating ...

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

Rugby Mar 8, 2019

Proposed new league presents issues for Japan

by Rich Freeman

A World Rugby news release late Wednesday night from Dublin may have appeased some parties concerned by plans for a new worldwide league, but many questions remain as to how Japan will be affected. The sport's governing body was attacked from all sides last week ...

Rugby Feb 7, 2019

Top League Cup to be staged before Rugby World Cup

Japan's top-flight and second-tier rugby teams will compete for the Top League Cup ahead of this year's World Cup, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. The Top League Cup, a competition introduced last season, will see 24 teams split into four pools of six. ...

Kensuke Iwabuchi named Japan's rugby sevens national team coach

Rugby May 22, 2018

Kensuke Iwabuchi named Japan's rugby sevens national team coach

Kensuke Iwabuchi, the director of high performance for the national sevens teams, was named new head coach for the men's side, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Monday. The 42-year-old Iwabuchi will take over the job from Damian Karauna, whose contract expires at the end ...