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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。
Newly appointed Japan head coach Eddie Jones after a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
Dec 15, 2023
Eddie Jones envisions united Japanese rugby world
The 63-year-old laid out a vision in which the country's divided rugby world is united in a mission to give the Brave Blossoms sustained success.
Eddie Jones at a news conference after being named as Japan rugby head coach in Tokyo on Thursday
Dec 14, 2023
No guilt for Eddie Jones after taking Japan job
Jones quit his native Australia after leading them to a dismal showing at the Rugby World Cup.
Australia rugby union coach Eddie Jones poses with Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan and CEO Andy Marinos after his first news conference since his reappointment, in Sydney on Jan. 31. Jones left the Wallabies in October.
Dec 12, 2023
Australia to have strong Japan ties regardless of Jones: RA boss
Japanese media outlets have reported that Eddie Jones will be confirmed as head coach of the Brave Blossoms in the coming days.
Former England player Sarah Hunter (right), now a member of the team's coaching staff, says her side will set its sights on winning the 2025 Rugby World Cup.
Dec 12, 2023
Women's Rugby World Cup to start in Sunderland, end at Twickenham
England, runners-up at the last two editions, will kick off the tournament at the 48,707-seater Stadium of Light on Aug. 22.
Tokyo Sungoliath's Sam Cane (center) is tackled during a Japan Rugby League One game against Kubota Spears at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday.
Dec 11, 2023
Cane happy to count former foe Kolbe among teammates in Japan
The big-name imports made their Japan Rugby League One debuts Sunday in Sungoliath's 52-26 opening-round win over defending champions Kubota Spears.
Tokyo Sungoliath's Seiya Ozaki (bottom) scores a try during the first half of a League One match against Kubota Spears at Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground on Sunday.
Dec 11, 2023
Ozaki hat trick steals show in Cane and Kolbe's Sungoliath debut
New Zealand captain Sam Cane and South Africa speedster Cheslin Kolbe made their Japanese club debuts for Sungoliath on Sunday.
World Rugby player of the year Ardie Savea carries the ball during Kobe's dominant win over Mie on Saturday at Noevir Stadium.
Dec 9, 2023
All Blacks Retallick and Savea lead Kobe Steelers to big win
World Rugby player of the year Savea made his Japanese club debut in the team's dominant win over Mie Heat.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane following a news conference to announce his debut in Japan Rugby League One
Dec 7, 2023
World Cup stars 'make some coin' as Japan rugby season kicks off
Seven All Blacks and six Springboks from the World Cup final are now in Japan Rugby League One as it looks to take its profile to a new level.
Referee Tom Foley reacts during a Premiership Rugby game in September 2021. Foley has said that he will step away from international match officiating for the foreseeable future due to online abuse.
Dec 5, 2023
Top referee Foley stands down from international rugby over abuse
Tom Foley has previously reported receiving death threats to himself and his family in the wake of this year's Rugby World Cup final.
New Zealand's Ardie Savea (right) in action with South Africa's Jean Kleyn at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, on Oct. 28
Dec 1, 2023
All Black Savea eager to test himself with Japan move
The All Blacks loose forward has signed for Kobe Steelers on a one-season deal that means he will not miss any games for his country.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane poses in his new Suntory Sungoliath uniform at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo, on Tuesday.
Nov 28, 2023
All Blacks captain Cane looks 'to evolve' game during Japan stint
Cane is one of several All Blacks moving to Japan for the new domestic season, which kicks off on Dec. 9.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation