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Ian Foster, then-New Zealand head coach, during training in Paris on Oct. 13
Apr 16, 2024
Former All Blacks coach Foster makes Japan move
Ian Foster has not coached since leading the All Blacks to last year's World Cup final, where they lost 12-11 to South Africa.
Wales' Louis Rees-Zammit competes during the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Apr 11, 2024
Rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit knows NFL dream with Chiefs can end at any point
Rees-Zammit said in January he was leaving rugby union to explore an NFL career and became part of the NFL International Player Pathway Program.
New South Wales Waratahs' Jake Gordon runs with the ball during his club's Super Rugby match against the Melbourne Rebels in Sydney on March 29.
Apr 10, 2024
Rugby's Club World Cup set to start in 2028
The top eight teams from Europe's Champions Cup would qualify along with the best six Super Rugby Pacific outfits and two other clubs, probably from Japan.
New Zealand's men's team players do the haka after winning the Cup Final match at the 2024 Rugby Sevens Hong Kong tournament on Sunday.
Apr 8, 2024
New Zealand sends Paris Olympics warning with Hong Kong sevens win
A cagey men's final was decided by two quickfire second-half tries by Scott Curry and Cody Vai.
Hong Kong Stadium during the first day of the 2022 Hong Kong Sevens tournament in November 2022
Apr 5, 2024
Hong Kong holds Rugby Sevens as international visitors return
The three-day competition will be the tournament's first sell-out since the pandemic, organizers said.
All Blacks forward Ardie Savea wants New Zealand Rugby to reconsider the rule that only allows domestic-based players to be selected for the national team.
Apr 1, 2024
Savea calls for change in All Blacks' eligibility regulations
A number of high-profile New Zealanders have moved away from home, with a handful contracted to Japanese clubs.
Brave Lupus Tokyo flyhalf Richie Mo'unga runs with the ball during a Japan Rugby League One game against Sagamihara Dynaboars at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on Sunday.
Mar 18, 2024
Mo'unga marshals Brave Lupus to 41-19 win over Dynaboars
The New Zealand flyhalf had a hand in multiple tries as Brave Lupus bounced back from their first loss of the season.
Scott Robertson (far right), head coach of New Zealand's national rugby team, speaks to reporters at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday.
Mar 18, 2024
All Blacks coach Robertson casts eye over Japan-based players
Robertson said New Zealand's influence on Japanese rugby was evident beyond prominent players and coaches.
Kyohei Yamasawa scores a try for the Wild Knights during the team's 36-24 win over Brave Lupus on Saturday at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.
Mar 9, 2024
Wild Knights beat Brave Lupus in blockbuster League One clash
A 4-3 try-scoring advantage and four penalties from playmaker Rikiya Matsuda helped the Wild Knights hand the first loss of the campaign to Brave Lupus.
Ben Paltridge (left) of the Sagamihara Dynaboars scores a try in the second half of a Japan Rugby League One match against Kubota Spears at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on Sunday.
Mar 4, 2024
Steenkamp and Paltridge lead Dynaboars to upset over Spears
The result snapped a three-game win streak for Kubota, who remained outside the playoff picture in sixth place.
Brave Lupus flanker Takeshi Sasaki scores a try against the Yokohama Eagles on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo.
Feb 24, 2024
Brave Lupus handcuff Eagles to extend unbeaten run to seven games
The Tokyo squad notched its seventh straight win to stay hot on the heels of the only other unblemished side, the Saitama Wild Knights.
Kubota Spears players watch the Chiefs perform the haka during a Cross Border Rugby game on Saturday at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo.
Feb 13, 2024
Cross Border Rugby sets stage for exciting possibilities
Many of those involved saw the nascent venture as an important stepping stone towards greater international collaboration.
Feb 1, 2024
League One expands with three new teams starting with 2024-25 season
Japan Rugby League One on Wednesday announced the entry of three new teams as part of an expanded competition from next season.
Japan's Dylan Riley (right) attempts to evade England's Joe Marler during their match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Nice, France, on Sept. 17, 2023.
Jan 26, 2024
Brave Blossoms to face England at Twickenham in November
The match will be Japan's first visit to the west London venue since November 2022.
Sungoliath center Shogo Nakano dives for a game-winning try on Saturday as Tokyo defeated Sagamihara.
Jan 20, 2024
Sungoliath leave it late to see off Dynaboars in classic
The Sungoliath, who came back late to win a week earlier, repeated the trick for their fifth win from six games.
Brave Lupus Tokyo's Masaki Hamada (center) crosses for a try in a Japan Rugby League One game against Kubota Spears at Kawasaki's Todoroki Stadium on Sunday.
Jan 8, 2024
Brave Lupus grind out 24-20 victory over Kubota Spears
The Todd Blackadder-coached Brave Lupus saw out the last six minutes with 14 men after New Zealand flyhalf Richie Mo'unga was yellow carded.
Designated hitter and closer Shohei Ohtani (center) and catcher Yuhei Nakamura are mobbed by their Samurai Japan teammates after Ohtani struck out American slugger Mike Trout to clinch Japan’s third World Baseball Classic and first since 2009, at LoanDepot Park in Miami on March 21.
Dec 26, 2023
Images of 2023: Sports
For some, 2023 was a year of sweet victory, after many years of not making it to the summit. For Shohei Ohtani, it was yet another year of brilliance.
Brave Lupus Tokyo captain Michael Leitch runs with the ball in a Japan Rugby League One game against Tokyo Sungoliath at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium on Sunday.
Dec 18, 2023
Brave Lupus down Sungoliath to keep perfect League One start
Michael Leitch-captained Brave Lupus scored four tries and trailed only briefly against Sam Cane-skippered Sungoliath during the local derby.
"Concussed: Sport's Uncomfortable Truth" by author Sam Peters details the issue of concussions in sports, particularly rugby.
Dec 17, 2023
Rugby in denial over concussion problem, author Sam Peters says
Peters' book includes a section on the damage of repeated heading in soccer but is predominantly concerned with rugby.
Dec 16, 2023
Reigning champions Spears trounce Heat for first League One win of season
Bernard Foley kicked 20 points and scored a try as the Spears outclassed the home team at Suzuka Sports Garden。


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How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan