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Maori All Blacks edge Japan XV

The Brave Blossoms learned Saturday what countless other international sides have discovered over the years — namely you cannot write a New Zealand side off till the fat lady truly sings. A try by Dan Pryor three minutes from time saw the Maori All Blacks beat a Japan XV 20-18 ...

Nov 15, 2014

Wallabies recall bad boy Beale

Controversial back Kurtley Beale will join the Wallabies on Sunday, three weeks after a disciplinary hearing almost ended his international rugby career. Beale and back-rower Jake Schatz have been summoned from Australia to link up with the squad in Dublin on Sunday, a day ...

Nov 11, 2014

Brave Blossoms rise to No. 9 in world

Japan’s preparations for Saturday’s test against Romania in Bucharest got a boost late Monday with the news that the Brave Blossoms had risen to an all-time high of ninth in the International Rugby Board’s world rankings. Despite not playing a test since June — ...

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Nov 1, 2014

Maori All Blacks give Japan a lesson

Eddie Jones’ Brave Blossoms were handed a simple rugby lesson on Saturday as a Japan XV went down 61-21 to the Maori All Blacks at Noevir Stadium. Give the ball away in contact and miss your tackles against the big boys of world rugby ...

Oct 25, 2014

Top League set for shorter season

With Japan set to be named the 18th Super Rugby team when the competition is expanded in 2016, the 2015-2016 Top League season will be abbreviated. SANZAR — the body that governs Southern Hemisphere rugby competitions — formally backed Japan’s bid on Friday. As ...

Oct 20, 2014

Cheika set for Wallabies job: report

New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has agreed in principle to replace Ewen McKenzie in charge of the Australian rugby team, The Australian newspaper reported on Monday citing “an informed source.” Cheika led the Waratahs to the Super Rugby title last season, completing ...

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 ...