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.
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Injuries ravage Maori team

The New Zealand Maori team was the big loser in the NPC Final at the weekend.

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SANZAR keep Singapore in radar

Singapore presented an attractive bid in the hope of becoming Super Rugby's 18th team but fell short at the final hurdle after SANZAR decided to award it to Japan.

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Kiwis prefer Japan over Singapore

Japan is the preferred option over Singapore to expand the Super Rugby competition in 2016, NZRU CEO Steve Tew said

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Jantjies calling the shots

Golden Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies is enjoying life at Japanese club Shining Arcs, as he has been given a pivotal role in the team.

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Highlanders keep Japanese import

The Highlanders revealed that Japanese international Fumiaki Tanaka will be returning to play for the Dunedin-based franchise in 2015.

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Additional advantage for England

BREAKING NEWS: Tournament hosts England will have an additional advantage, as they bid to win the 2015 World Cup.

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Jones: Japan a 'no-brainer'

Former World Cup-winning Springbok assistant coach Eddie Jones has added his considerable weight to Japan's cause for a Super Rugby franchise.

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Maori test for Brave Blossoms

Japan's record 10-game winning streak will be given a stern test when the Asian champions face the Maori All Blacks in two matches this November.

Japan crack top 10

 Japan look well placed to make an impact at the World Cup after extending their winning run to 10 matches with a first-ever victory over Italy

Japan stun Azzurri in Tokyo

Japan extended their record winning streak to 10 games with a nail-biting 26-23 victory over Italy on Saturday.

Give Japan a Super 18 spot

International Rugby Board chief Brett Gosper has urged SANZAR to pick Japan as the 18th team in a newly expanded Super Rugby competition,

Japan too quick for Canada

Japan rallied with 25 unanswered points in the second half to beat Canada 34-25 in a Pacific Nations Cup match.

Jones: Borthwick will be big in Japan

Steve Borthwick's appointment as Japan's forwards coach will give them a huge boost at the World Cup according to coach Eddie Jones.

Borthwick joins up with Jones

Retiring Saracens captain Steve Borthwick will take up a coaching role with Eddie Jones' Japan at the conclusion of the Premiership this weekend.

Japan heading to England

Eddie Jone's Brave Blossoms have qualified for the 2015 rugby World Cup by thrashing Hong Kong 49-8 in Tokyo.

Lyon in Wallaby coup

Australian back row forward George Smith has signed a two-year deal with rising French second division side Lyon.

Japan: Eddie Jones 'back at work'

Japan coach Eddie Jones said he was "fine" on Friday and expected to make a full recovery after a stroke which left him in hospital for nearly 40 days.