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Eagles triumph in Top League opener

Rugby Sep 1, 2018

Eagles triumph in Top League opener

The Top League season kicked off Friday night with Canon beating Toshiba 26-20 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, the Eagles' first win over the Brave Lupus in six attempts. Eleven points from the boot of Japan flyhalf Yu Tamura, including a drop goal 12 ...

Brave Blossoms rout Italy in opener

Rugby Jun 9, 2018

Brave Blossoms rout Italy in opener

Japan conjured a hat trick of magical scores to floor Six Nations side Italy 34-17 on Saturday in the first game of their two-match rugby series. The Brave Blossoms, who finished with four tries to Italy's two, produced moments of breathtaking skill as Amanaki Mafi, ...

Blues drop Sunwolves to 0-7

Rugby Apr 14, 2018

Blues drop Sunwolves to 0-7

by Andrew McKirdy

The Sunwolves let an early lead slip through their fingers to remain winless after seven games of the Super Rugby season after a 24-10 defeat to New Zealand's Blues on Saturday. The Sunwolves took control of the game at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground — ...

Japan settles for draw with France

More Sports / Rugby Nov 26, 2017

Japan settles for draw with France

Japan came within inches of a historic win over France on Saturday night as the Brave Blossoms drew 23-23 with Les Bleus at the brand new U Arena. A try by replacement prop Asaeli Ai Valu eight minutes from time gave Yu Tamura the chance ...

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

More Sports / Rugby Jul 2, 2016

Sunwolves get thrashed in home finale

The Waratahs hammered the Sunwolves 57-12 on Saturday in Mark Hammett's final game as coach in Japan and the Tokyo team's last home game of the season. Playing the same dazzling 15-man rugby that saw it put the Chiefs to the sword before the June ...

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

More Sports / Rugby Jun 12, 2016

Japan holds on after red card to beat Canada

Japan lived up to its nickname Saturday as it beat its oldest international opponent, Canada, 26-22 at test rugby's newest venue, BC Place. The Brave Blossoms were forced to play for 26 minutes with 14 men after Yoshiya Hosoda marked his international debut with a ...