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6dRueters

Smith, Cruden to join Japan's Kobe Steelers

New Zealand World Cup winners Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden will join Kobe Steelers, the Japanese rugby union team said on Friday, following in the footsteps of other high-profile compatriots like Dan Carter.

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England's Kruis to play in Japan next season

England lock George Kruis and Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes will play in Japan for the Panasonic Wild Knights next season, the Top League club said on Monday.

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Leitch fears Japan failing to build on World Cup heroics

Japan's fairytale run to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals was a highlight of last year's tournament but with the afterglow all but gone captain Michael Leitch fears not enough is being done to secure the Brave Blossoms a place at the game's top table.

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Japan's Top League canceled due to coronavirus

Japan's Top League is cancelling the remaining 42 matches of the season to help stem the spread of the coronavirus and safeguard the health of players and spectators, organisers of the rugby union competition said in a statement on Monday.

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154dSam Bruce

COVID-19, No future and heavy defeats: Life at the Sunwolves

They have just 12 more games. Their home games remain shrouded in uncertainty. And they're coming off consecutive 45-plus point defeats. But with rugby buzzing after the World Cup, the Sunwolves are simply getting on with the job, as Jake Schatz explains.

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209dReuters

Wales to tour Japan and New Zealand

Wales will take on Japan and New Zealand in three test matches in June and July as part of their summer tour this year.

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Japan's Mafi fined for assaulting teammate

Amanaki Mafi pled guilty to assaulting former team mate Lopeti Timani in New Zealand in 2018.

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Jamie Joseph to continue as Japan coach through 2023

Jamie Joseph is out of the running to coach the All Blacks after he inked a new deal to remain in charge of Japan through to the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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300dTom Hamilton

Joseph: Typhoon talk has 'undermined' Japan success

Japan coach Jamie Joseph feels his side's achievements are being "undermined" by the speculation over whether Sunday's game against Scotland will go ahead.

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313dReuters

Ireland coach Schmidt 'not surprised' by Japan

Japan's 19-12 World Cup win over Ireland may have stunned the rugby world on Saturday but one man claimed that he was not surprised -- Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

2019 RankingsRugby World Cup

  • JPN11th
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 27 Tries Scored
    SA1st
    13
    27
  • JPN8th
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 149 Points Difference
    SA1st
    53
    149