World Rugby approves open vote for World Cup host decisions

Rugby Nov 25, 2020

World Rugby approves open vote for World Cup host decisions

The World Rugby Council on Tuesday approved recommendations by its World Cup Board for a more transparent process of selecting hosts for future men's and women's editions of the tournament, including an open electronic vote with results published. The sport's global body said that after ...

Kotaro Matsushima to join French side Clermont

Rugby Jan 29, 2020

Kotaro Matsushima to join French side Clermont

Rugby World Cup star Kotaro Matsushima will join French side ASM Clermont Auvergne from July, the winger's Japan Top League club Suntory Sungoliath confirmed Tuesday. The 26-year-old will link with the club in the Top 14, the premier tier of French rugby, following the Top ...

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby Jan 19, 2020

Brave Blossoms star Kenki Fukuoka sets sights on Tokyo Olympics

Rugby World Cup star Kenki Fukuoka said Saturday he was relieved to score a try in his final 15s match of the season as he shifts his focus toward this summer's Tokyo Olympics. "I'm happy and relieved," Fukuoka said after his Panasonic Wild Knights defeated ...

Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

Rugby Nov 21, 2019

Brave Blossoms to take part in parade on Dec. 11 in Tokyo

The Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday the Brave Blossoms will take part in a parade in Tokyo on Dec. 11 to express their appreciation to their fans following their successful Rugby World Cup campaign. The JRFU said it is coordinating with the 31 players ...

Japan's World Cup will be remembered as wild success

Rugby Nov 6, 2019

Japan's World Cup will be remembered as wild success

by Rich Freeman

Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock said in 2007, "The Rugby World Cup isn't just a celebration of rugby, it's a celebration of the host nation." RWC 2019 proved to be just that, with South Africa a worthy winner on the field, Japan celebrating the performance ...