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Former South Africa player Victor Matfield will join Japan in a coaching role ahead of the nation's upcoming slate of test matches.
Feb 12, 2024
Former Springboks captain Victor Matfield to join Brave Blossoms as consultant
Matfield was a star second-rower for the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks team that employed Eddie Jones as an adviser to coach Jake White.
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.
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.
South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus ahead of a game against Ireland in Dublin in November 2022
Nov 6, 2023
Erasmus to coach South Africa at start of new World Cup cycle
After lifting the World Cup as coach four years ago, Erasmus took the reins as South Africa’s director of rugby.
South Africa players celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup as their trophy tour passes through Soweto on Thursday.
Nov 3, 2023
Springboks get roaring welcome in Soweto after winning World Cup
Teenagers dance in their school uniforms, as others, young and old, wave South African flags and yellow signs reading "thank you Bokke (Springboks)."
South Africa's Malcolm Marx scores a try during a Rugby World Cup warmup game against New Zealand in London on Aug. 25.
Oct 30, 2023
Injured Springbok Marx to miss Japanese club season
Marx, 29, was forced to leave the Springboks' World Cup-winning squad after only one game in France following an injury to his knee during training.
South African rugby supporters celebrate the team's World Cup triumph, in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Oct 29, 2023
Ecstatic South Africans celebrate Rugby World Cup glory
Supporters of the national rugby team drank beers, waved flags and partied until the early hours in a wave of jubilation that swept the country.
South Africa's Siya Kolisi in action during the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand on Saturday in Saint-Denis, France
Oct 29, 2023
Siya Kolisi happy to escape 'dark place' for World Cup glory
Despite losing hooker Bongi Mbonambi in only the third minute, the Boks reorganized and battled through for a record fourth title.
South African players celebrate with the Webb Ellis Cup after their win over New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.
Oct 29, 2023
Springboks hold off 14-man All Blacks to win World Cup
South Africa produced a magnificent defensive display to edge New Zealand 12-11 and win their fourth title.
South Africa players huddle ahead of the second half of the team's semifinal game against England in the Rugby World Cup, in Saint-Denis, France, on Saturday.
Oct 27, 2023
Springboks expect 'grind' against All Blacks in World Cup final
South Africa has never lost a World Cup final, winning the 1995, 2007 and 2019 editions.
New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick runs with the ball during a training session at the Stade du Parc in Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris, on Thursday, ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.
Oct 27, 2023
World Cup fever builds in New Zealand ahead of 'cracking' final
The All Blacks and the Springboks are both bidding to become the first nation to win the World Cup for a fourth time.
New Zealand's blindside flanker Shannon Frizell (left) takes part in a training session in Rueil-Malmaison, France, on Tuesday ahead of the Rugby World Cup final.
Oct 25, 2023
New Zealand and South Africa take ultimate rivalry to grandest stage
The rich history of this 102-year-old matchup has seen political turmoil, countless bruising battles, a previous World Cup final and even a 0-0 draw.
New Zealand's All Blacks will be looking to get off to a fast start against the Springboks in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final.
Oct 24, 2023
Early scores may be secret to settling outcome of World Cup final
All Blacks defense coach Scott McLeod believes the first 20 minutes of Saturday's final in Paris will determine the destination of the Webb Ellis Cup.
South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi has been accused of verbally abusing England's Tom Curry during a Rugby World Cup semifinal on Saturday.
Oct 24, 2023
Springboks clam up on abuse allegations after England semifinal
South African Rugby said on Sunday that it had launched its own internal investigation and that it was "reviewing the available evidence."
South Africa flyhalf Handre Pollard (left) is tackled by England's Dan Cole (center) and George Martin during their Rugby World Cup semifinal in Paris on Saturday.
Oct 23, 2023
Springboks have work to do ahead of RWC final against All Blacks
This year's Rugby World Cup final will be a rematch of the 1995 title game between South Africa and New Zealand.
South Africa's Handre Pollard (left) converts an eventual match-winning penalty kick against England during their Rugby World Cup semifinal in Paris on Saturday.
Oct 22, 2023
Handre Pollard's late penalty sends Springboks into RWC final
It was a second successive single-point victory for South Africa after it beat France 29-28 in the quarterfinals.
South Africa's Siya Kolisi celebrates after his team's quarterfinal win over France at the Rugby World Cup in Saint-Denis, France, on Oct. 15.
Oct 20, 2023
Siya Kolisi says South Africa's purpose goes beyond winning trophies
"I believe we are a purpose-driven team, we're not a trophy-driven team," Kolisi said.
France's head coach Fabien Galthie (top, center) stands with his players ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between France and South Africa in Saint-Denis, France, on Sunday.
Oct 16, 2023
France coach Galthie has no regrets over defeat to South Africa
Fabien Galthie's first thoughts after the 29-28 defeat were for the fans who had supported the team so vociferously.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has worked to make sure all the Springboks have a voice on the pitch.
Oct 13, 2023
South Africa benefiting from Siya Kolisi's leadership at World Cup
"I think what sets Siya aside from other leaders is how he includes everyone's opinions in the team," center Jesse Kriel explained.
South Africa's fly-half Manie Libbok prepares a kick during the France 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Tonga at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France, on Sunday.
Oct 2, 2023
Springboks beat feisty Tonga 49-18 to close in on quarters
While Tonga put on a brave showing, South Africa fed off their errors and had too much guile and experience.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?