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Force sign Japanese flyer

The Western Force has recruited Japanese international wing, Akihito Yamada for the 2015 edition of the Super Rugby competition.

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Yokohama in the running for RWC

The iconic 72,000-seater stadium in Yokohama has been added to the list of bidders seeking to become venues for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. 

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Japan's smoker free to play

Christian Loamanu, who tested positive for cannabis five years ago, has had his indefinite ban for playing rugby in Japan lifted. 

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Jones' Japan gets more Pep

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has branched out into rugby and has been assisting Japan's Eddie Jones in preparation the World Cup.

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Jaque joins Bakkies in retirement

BREAKING NEWS: Centre Jaque Fourie has joined fellow World Cup winner Bakkies Botha in the retirement village.

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Georgia cruise past Japan

Georgia managed to get back to winning ways after stumbling against Ireland as they defeated the Brave Blossoms 35-24 in Tbilisi.

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Jones hails 'Super boost' for Japan

Japan coach Eddie Jones said the inclusion of a Tokyo-based team in Super Rugby will give the Asian champions a boost before the country hosts the 2019 World Cup.

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Japan get the Super rubber stamp

SANZAR's Executive Committee has formally approved the inclusion of Japanese and Argentinean Unions into Super Rugby from 2016.

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Woodward: Eddie Jones is my friend

They may have be known for their verbal jousts, but Clive Woodward said he had enjoyed a friendly relationship with Wallaby rival Eddie Jones.

Japan kick their way to victory

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru scored six penalties to give his team a far from convincing 18-13 victory over Romania.

Preview: Romania v Japan

Japan head into their clash with Romania with a 10-Test unbeaten streak which has seen them rise to ninth in the world rankings.

Jones bemoans Maori 'sucker punch'

Japan came within two minutes of stunning the Maori All Blacks, as the 'Brave Blossoms' were caught by a sucker punch.

Maori sneak late winner against Japan

New Zealand's Maori team left it late, but sneaked in at the death to record a 20-18 win over Japan in Tokyo on Saturday.

Welsh wizard Williams' final bow

Wales great Shane Williams has announced he will retire from all forms of rugby at the end of this season.

Cheika not rushing the Badger back

Barbarians coach John Kirwan reckons Australia should do everything they can to get wing Nick Cummins back from Japan.

Badger to extend BaaBaas stay?

Nick Cummins wants to spend some more time with the Barbarians, after starring in their thrilling 36-40 loss to Australia.

Maori ABs hammer Brave Blossoms

The Maori All Blacks put on a counter-attacking masterclass to hammer a brave but error-prone Japan side 61-21 at Noevir Stadium in Kobe on Saturday.

Ten new caps for Maori All Blacks

The Maori All Blacks team to take on Japan in Kobe in the first match of its 2014 tour has been named and features 10 new caps.