Super Rugby could be set for yet another structural change and a return to Asia after it was revealed that discussions have taken place around a new tournament that would pit leading Japanese Top League clubs against those from New Zealand and Australia.
Brave Blossoms coach Jamie Joseph has offered an alarming insight into why the increasing player drain to Japan is becoming a huge headache for Australian rugby.
Young midfielder Dylan Riley has become the third Australian-raised player in his Japan Top League team to declare their allegiance to the Brave Blossoms in a worrying trend for Australian rugby.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper would love to see Japan play more international Tests, but says rugby's various governing bodies need to be careful not to burn out players in the process.
Eddie Jones has been cleared to continue as a consultant for Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath after the Rugby Football Union said there is no conflict of interest.
The British and Irish Lions announced on Wednesday they will host Japan in Edinburgh next June ahead of their tour of South Africa.
Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper will take up a six-month sabbatical deal to play rugby in Japan, leaving the NSW Waratahs without their biggest star for most of the next Super Rugby competition.
South Africa's World Cup winning hooker Malcolm Marx has signed for Japanese Top League side the Kubota Spears.
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.
World Rugby has announced the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup in France aimed at promoting a "genuine opportunity" for all unions, the game's global body said on Monday.
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.
Three-time World Player of the Year Dan Carter announced he was leaving Japanese Top League side Kobe Steelers in an Instagram post on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
Wales will take on Japan and New Zealand in three test matches in June and July as part of their summer tour this year.
Amanaki Mafi pled guilty to assaulting former team mate Lopeti Timani in New Zealand in 2018.
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.
Eddie Jones and England will return to Japan to play two Test matches next year.
With the dust settling on the Rugby World Cup, we assess the past six weeks of world-class rugby and the star performers.
The hosts have brought something new to rugby's top table, and the sport needs to ensure that their next opportunity is not another four years away.
The Springboks proved far too strong for the host nation, who became the first Asian nation to play in the Rugby World Cup knockout phase.
The excitement around Japan's rugby team has reached fever pitch ahead of their quarterfinal against South Africa on Sunday.
Scotland has been referred to a disputes committee over their comments about the potential cancellation of their World Cup clash against Japan.
The hosts will face South Africa in the last eight after a brilliant and poignant victory over Scotland, hours after Typhoon Hagibis ripped through the country.
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- JPN11thTries Scored 1st South Africa : 27 Tries ScoredSA1st1327
- JPN8thPoints Difference 1st South Africa : 149 Points DifferenceSA1st53149