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Paisami returns to Wallabies centres vs. Japan

Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami is set to make his return to the starting line-up on Saturday against Japan with their tackle-busting star Samu Kerevi unavailable for selection through injury.

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Rennie sweating on Kerevi fitness ahead of tour

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has been left sweating the fitness of star centre Samu Kerevi after the 28-year-old hobbled off the field in the Wallabies 32-17 win over Argentina on Saturday night.

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Ireland to face New Zealand, U.S. in autumn

Ireland will host New Zealand in one of four international tests announced by the Irish Rugby Football Union for Andy Farrell's squad in October and November.

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Ireland edge past Japan in free-scoring thriller

Ireland survived some brilliant attacking Japanese play to gain revenge for their shock 2019 World Cup defeat with a 39-31 win in an entertaining and free-scoring match at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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Murray replaces injured Jones as Lions captain

The British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland confirmed that captain Alun Wyn Jones will miss the South Africa tour after dislocating his shoulder in the warm-up win over Japan on Saturday.

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148dSam Bruce

Discussions underway over cross-border rugby comp with Japan

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.

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Hooper backs Japan, but worries over more Tests

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.

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Jones cleared to continue advisory role in Japan

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.

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Lions to face Japan in June ahead 2021 tour

The British and Irish Lions announced on Wednesday they will host Japan in Edinburgh next June ahead of their tour of South Africa.

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Hooper to take six month sabbatical in 2021

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.

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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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595dSam 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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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.

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