Uncertainty for Sunwolves, others as Super Rugby put on hold

Rugby Mar 16, 2020

Uncertainty for Sunwolves, others as Super Rugby put on hold

Japan's Sunwolves epitomize the uncertainty hanging over Super Rugby following governing body SANZAAR's decision to suspend the tournament "for the foreseeable future" because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sunwolves, who have already been most hard-hit by the virus outbreak having moved home matches from Tokyo, ...

Sloppy Crusaders defeat Sunwolves

Rugby Mar 14, 2020

Sloppy Crusaders defeat Sunwolves

The Sunwolves suffered their fifth straight loss on Saturday, falling 49-14 in a Super Rugby match to the defending champion Crusaders at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium. In a game originally slated for Tokyo's Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground but moved as a result of ...

Brumbies throttle struggling Sunwolves

Rugby Mar 6, 2020

Brumbies throttle struggling Sunwolves

The Sunwolves remained rooted to the bottom of the Australian Conference in Super Rugby on Friday, falling 47-14 to the Brumbies in Wollongong, Australia. The game was originally slated to be played at Osaka's Hanazono Rugby Stadium but was moved as a result of the ...

Queensland Reds crush Sunwolves

Rugby Feb 22, 2020

Queensland Reds crush Sunwolves

The Queensland Reds overwhelmed the visiting Sunwolves at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, winning 64-5. The Sunwolves are 1-2 in this year's Super Rugby competition. Starved of possession, Naoya Okubo's team wilted defensively to allow the young Reds team, whose average age was just over 23, ...

Chiefs pounce on Sunwolves

Rugby Feb 15, 2020

Chiefs pounce on Sunwolves

The Sunwolves suffered their first loss of the Super Rugby season Saturday, losing 43-17 to the Chiefs. In an entertaining game in front of 18,708 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the rugged, hard work of the Chiefs pack and the mercurial skills of Damian ...

Sunwolves down Rebels in final season opener

Rugby Feb 1, 2020

Sunwolves down Rebels in final season opener

The Sunwolves began their farewell season in Super Rugby in blistering fashion Saturday, with flyhalf Garth April orchestrating a 36-27 upset over the visiting Melbourne Rebels. Keisuke Moriya, Jaba Bregvadze, Tautalatasi Tasi, James Dargaville and April all scored tries in the Fukuoka sunshine, the mercurial ...

Rugby Dec 2, 2019

Wallabies assistant coach Nathan Grey to help Sunwolves

Wallabies assistant coach Nathan Grey will also serve as technical director to Super Rugby side Sunwolves next season to help Japan build on a successful World Cup, it was announced Monday. The highly-regarded 35-Test Wallaby was working as Australia's defence coach under the now-departed Michael ...

Sunwolves building roster for 2020 season

Rugby Nov 26, 2019

Sunwolves building roster for 2020 season

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As they enter their likely final season in Super Rugby, the Sunwolves revealed 15 players who will compete for the Japan-based team in Tokyo on Tuesday. All but one on the initial squad is a foreign-born player, including Georgian hooker Jaba Bregvadze, who played for ...

Sunwolves to open final season in Fukuoka on Feb. 1

Rugby Sep 10, 2019

Sunwolves to open final season in Fukuoka on Feb. 1

The Sunwolves will open their final season in Super Rugby on Feb. 1, 2020, at Fukuoka's Level 5 Stadium against the Melbourne Rebels, tournament organizer SANZAAR announced Tuesday. Naoya Okubo's side will then have a bye before it faces the Chiefs from New Zealand at ...