New Zealand expecting 47,000-strong crowd for second Bledisloe test

Rugby Oct 13, 2020

New Zealand expecting 47,000-strong crowd for second Bledisloe test

New Zealand Rugby is expecting a "near-capacity" crowd of some 47,000 to pack into Auckland's Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup international against Australia on Sunday. Pictures of 31,000 fans without masks cheering on the three-time world champions in the first test in Wellington ...

Wallaby Matt Toomua calls for rethink of 'outdated' Super Rugby

Rugby Apr 26, 2020

Wallaby Matt Toomua calls for rethink of 'outdated' Super Rugby

Wallabies flyhalf Matt Toomua has joined calls for a rethink of the Super Rugby competition once the sport restarts after the coronavirus shutdown. The Melbourne Rebels back believes the competition, which features 15 teams across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, needs to ...

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 ...

Wallabies coach Cheika steps down

Rugby Oct 20, 2019

Wallabies coach Cheika steps down

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika quit Sunday after their humiliating World Cup quarterfinal exit against England, reports said. Cheika, whose contract expires at the end of the year, had previously indicated he would not reapply for his job if they failed to win the tournament. After refusing ...

England pummels Australia in RWC quarterfinal

Rugby Oct 19, 2019

England pummels Australia in RWC quarterfinal

by Kaz Nagatsuka

England stormed into the Rugby World Cup final four with a convincing 40-16 win over Australia in the quarterfinals before a crowd of 36,954 at Oita Stadium on Saturday. The Europeans, who experienced the humiliation of being eliminated in the pool phase at the tourney's ...

Australia staves off upset bid by Fiji

Rugby Sep 21, 2019

Australia staves off upset bid by Fiji

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Hooker Tolu Latu scored two tries in the second half to help Australia escape a historic upset by Fiji and win 39-21 on Saturday in the teams' Rugby World Cup Pool D opener. The Wallabies, who have never lost to Fiji since 1954 in any ...