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Sunwolves shock Chiefs for first away win

The Sunwolves secured their first ever road win in stylish fashion downing the Chiefs 30-15 in Hamilton to end their 23-match losing run away from home.

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England rotate for Japan; Farrell, Hartley rested

Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut against Japan on Saturday as Eddie Jones made 11 changes to the side that started in the defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

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Forward Kruis out of England squad for Japan

George Kruis has been ruled out England's remaining November fixtures as head coach Eddie Jones named his squad to face Japan this weekend.


Japan squad paid £13 per day - coach

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has revealed his squad are paid just £13 day as they prepare to face England on Saturday.

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163dTom Hamilton

Fired up Eddie Jones tells Japan 'be worried'

A fired-up Eddie Jones says his England side will be "absolutely ruthless" and aiming to "physically smash" Japan when the teams meet on Saturday.

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Jones consults FA over World Cup WAGS policy

Eddie Jones says he has approached the Football Association for advice before deciding if he will allow players' wives and girlfriends to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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217dGreg Growden

Countdown on: RWC 2019 is rugby's coming of age

In exactly a year's time, World Rugby can say it has grown up. This time next year Japan will turn on one of the great Rugby World Cups, albeit eight years later than it should have, Greg Growden writes.

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218dESPN Staff

Way-too-early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019

With one year to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, our writers take a look through each of the pools and decide where it will all be won and lost in 2019.

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292dSam Bruce

A Kiwi Sunwolf's story: Michael Little's star rising

He's the son of an All Blacks great, yet Michael Little could end up wearing the red and white of Japan as he continues to star for the Sunwolves in Super Rugby. He has a message for those who want to see the franchise's demise, too.

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513dJames Harrington

2019 RWC: Hosts Japan building nicely

Japan will kick off the 2019 Rugby World Cup in a little under two years. ESPN looks at how the host nation's preparations are going as they shoot for a place in the quarterfinals on home soil.

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Schmidt relieved as Ireland beat Japan

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was relieved to see his side clinch a hard-fought 35-13 victory over Japan at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

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678dESPN Staff

Schmidt changes six for Ireland vs. Japan

Simon Zebo and Paddy Jackson return to the starting fold for Ireland as coach Joe Schmidt rotates his side that thrashed USA for Saturday's Test against Japan.

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685dPA Sport

Ringrose: Lions talk least of my worries

Garry Ringrose is refusing to get distracted by a possible British & Irish Lions call-up as he concentrates on delivering for Ireland during their summer tour of the United States and Japan.

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707dESPN Staff

All Blacks to face Japan in 2018

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the All Blacks will return to Japan next year to face the Brave Blossoms on Nov. 3 at a yet to be confirmed venue.

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714dNick Bewley

What we'll all be talking about at RWC2019

As with any Rugby World Cup there's always massive issues and talking points that take the limelight -- but what will be on everyone's minds come 2019 in Japan?

2015 RankingsRugby World Cup

  • JPN11th
    TRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 25 Tries Scored
  • JPN10th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 125 Points Difference