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Springboks edge thriller to bring end to All Blacks' unbeaten streak

Replacement flyhalf Pat Lambie kicked a penalty from his own half with a minute to go to deliver a breathless 27-25 win for South Africa over New Zealand on Saturday, the world champion’s first loss in two years. Lambie’s 55-meter kick settled a pulsating Rugby Championship test at Ellis Park ...

Oct 20, 2014

Fit-again Carter in All Blacks squad

World rugby’s top point scorer, Dan Carter, has been included in the All Blacks squad to play tests in the United States and Britain next month after satisfying selectors he is fully fit. The 32-year-old flyhalf, who has 1,440 points from 100 test appearances, ...

Oct 19, 2014

McKenzie quits as Wallabies coach

A one-point, stoppage-time loss to New Zealand was the last act in Ewen McKenzie’s short and tumultuous stint as Australia coach, leaving the Wallabies rudderless a week ahead of a European tour and only 11 months before the Rugby World Cup. McKenzie had been ...

Oct 8, 2014

Tanaka to return to Highlanders for 2015 Super Rugby season

Japan international Fumiaki Tanaka, will be returning to play for the Highlanders for the 2015 season, the club said on its official website on Wednesday. Tanaka’s signing will see him return to Dunedin for his third consecutive Super Rugby season. “It’s great to have ...

Sep 21, 2014

Kitagawa shines for Panasonic in 100th Top League game

Tomoki Kitagawa marked his 100th Top League game in style Sunday as he crossed four times in Panasonic Wild Knights’ 80-7 thrashing of Munakata Sanix Blues. The flying wing crossed three times in the first half as the defending champions responded to an early ...

Sep 7, 2014

All Blacks' victory comes at cost

Injuries to Sam Whitelock and Liam Messam pose a selection conundrum for All Blacks’ coach Steve Hansen as they prepare for their Rugby Championship clash with South Africa next week in Wellington. Whitelock damaged his rib cartilage midway through the first half of the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Top League to introduce new officiating system this season

When the Top League kicks off its 12th season on Friday, there will be a slight change in the officiating as the league implements a television match official system. The introduction of a TMO system is intended to bring Japan in line with the ...

Jul 19, 2014

Jones backs Japan Super Rugby team

Japan is the only logical choice for Super Rugby when the southern hemisphere’s elite provincial tournament expands into Asia in 2016, the country’s head coach Eddie Jones said Friday. Organisers SANZAR confirmed earlier this week that Japan and Singapore had tendered bids, but Jones ...

Jul 7, 2014

Japan to host Maori All Blacks series

Japan will host New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks in a two-match November series, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Monday. “It gives us great pleasure to welcome the Maori All Blacks to Japan for the first time, following last autumn’s tour by the All ...

Jun 28, 2014

Former All Black Ellis to join Kobe

Former All Blacks scrumhalf Andy Ellis will play for Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers when the current Super Rugby season ends. Ellis, 30, who played the most recent of his 26 tests for New Zealand as a replacement in the 2011 World Cup final, will ...

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

Jun 21, 2014

All Blacks complete sweep against England in third test

England’s ambition of winning next year’s World Cup on home soil lay in ruins Saturday as they lost 36-13 in the third rugby test to a New Zealand team which completed a sweep of the three-test series and posted a world record 17th-straight test ...