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Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan

Host cities, Prefectures and stadiums

Leitch to stay Brave Blossoms captain

Japan coach Eddie Jones, who will also serve as director of rugby of the new Japanese Super Rugby side, said Thursday that Michael Leitch would remain captain of the Brave ...

Umaga takes over for Kirwan

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has been named coach of the Auckland-based Blues Super Rugby team, replacing John Kirwan who stepped down last week after three years in charge. ...

Jun 21, 2015

Italy to resume RWC training after money dispute

The Italian Rugby Federation says the Azzurri’s Rugby World Cup preparation will resume on Sunday, a week after training was suspended due to a financial squabble. The federation says all 40 players in the northern town of Villabassa will receive a financial prize. The ...

Jun 19, 2015

Kirwan quits coaching post

John Kirwan quit Friday as head coach of the Auckland-based Blues after the team’s 14th-place finish in Super Rugby this season. The Blues won only three of 16 matches in their worst-ever season in 2015, following 10th place finishes under Kirwan’s coaching in 2013 ...

Jun 17, 2015

Thousands attend former All Black Collins' funeral

Thousands of mourners, including rugby greats Jonah Lomu and Tana Umaga, on Wednesday attended the funeral of former All Black Jerry Collins who was remembered as a “wicked, mischievous young man” who “never forgot where he came from.” Collins, 34, was killed along with ...

Jun 10, 2015

All Black Mealamu hints at post-World Cup retirement

All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu says he will make a decision about his rugby future at the end of the year amid speculation he will end his 15-year professional career after the World Cup in England. The 36-year-old, who will play his 175th and ...

Jun 5, 2015

Ex-All Black Collins, 34, killed in crash

Former New Zealand rugby international Jerry Collins was killed Friday along with his wife when a bus crashed into their car in southern France, local officials said. Collins, 34, who was capped 48 times for the All Blacks, was near the town of Beziers ...

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

Jun 1, 2015

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

A week after returning from Hong Kong following the shortened finale to the Asia Rugby Championship, Japan coach Eddie Jones was still seething Sunday about the game being called off and the Brave Blossoms’ subsequent drop in the world rankings. “Because it’s Japan everyone ...

May 24, 2015

ARFU boss defends rainout decision

President of the Asian Rugby Football Union Trevor Gregory said Sunday the decision to abandon Saturday’s game between Japan and Hong Kong was “absolutely the right choice given the conditions.” Torrential rain and flooding left areas of the field at Aberdeen Sports Ground looking ...

May 3, 2015

Japan remains perfect in ARC play

Akihito Yamada celebrated his brief return to Tokyo with a couple of tries as Japan beat Hong Kong 41-0 on Saturday to keep up its perfect start to the Asia Rugby Championship. But the speedster’s brace was one of the view bright spots on ...

Apr 23, 2015

JRFU chief Mori to step down in June

Yoshiro Mori, who heads the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said Thursday that he will step down as president of the Japan Rugby Football Union when his fifth term expires in June. The 77-year-old former Prime Minister had surgery in March for lung cancer. “Spending ...

Apr 22, 2015

Australia to allow overseas Wallabies

The Australian Rugby Union reacted to the flood of top players heading abroad on Wednesday with a groundbreaking policy shift which will allow experienced Wallabies playing at foreign clubs to be selected for test matches. Effective immediately, players with 60 caps who have played ...