Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

More Sports / Rugby Jun 1, 2016

Tatekawa to lead Brave Blossoms in Canada

Harumichi Tatekawa will captain Japan when it plays Canada on June 11 in Vancouver, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Wednesday, after captain-elect Shota Horie withdrew from the tour party. Having named an initial 33-man squad on Monday, the JRFU has decided 10 players will ...

More Sports / Rugby May 12, 2016

Sunwolves make three lineup changes for upcoming match

The Sunwolves team to take on the Stormers in Singapore on Saturday shows three changes to the side that lost 40-22 to the Western Force last weekend in Tokyo. Coach Mark Hammett named his side Thursday shortly after it landed in Singapore. Captain Shota Horie, who ...

Western Force whip Sunwolves

More Sports / Rugby May 7, 2016

Western Force whip Sunwolves

by Andrew McKirdy

The Sunwolves came crashing back to earth two weeks after their first Super Rugby victory with a 40-22 loss to Australia's Western Force on Saturday. Akihito Yamada scored a try in the fourth minute to give the Sunwolves hope of following up their historic win ...

Sunwolves fall short in opener

More Sports / Rugby Feb 27, 2016

Sunwolves fall short in opener

by Andrew McKirdy

The Sunwolves proved they can hold their own in Super Rugby but failed to win their competition debut in a 26-13 defeat to South Africa's Lions on Saturday. The Tokyo-based Sunwolves went into their first-ever match in the Southern Hemisphere's premier club tournament with doubts ...

Horie named Top League season MVP

More Sports / Rugby Jan 25, 2016

Horie named Top League season MVP

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Shota Horie of the Panasonic Wild Knights was on Monday selected as the best player of the 2015-16 Top League season in Japanese rugby's banner year. The 30-year-old hooker, who helped Panasonic win its third straight championship with a 27-26 victory over the Toshiba Brave ...