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Japan’s players celebrate beating Scotland. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Against all expectation, the national rugby team has become big in Japan. Five days out now from what is the biggest game in the history of Blossoms r(...)

 A Japanese  fan cheering for his team prior to the opening match of the  World Cup  between Japan and Russia in  Tokyo.   Photograph:  EPA/Franck Robichon

The loneliest cat in Tokyo? He’s standing on the roof of a vintage police van in full uniform just outside Tobitakyu railway station on this muggy Fri(...)

 Ofa Tuungafasi tackles Ngani Laumape of the All Blacks during a New Zealand All Blacks training session  in Perth, Australia. Photograph:  Paul Kane/Getty Images

The 2023 World Cup in France could feature major law amendments including a reduction in legal tackle height to the waist. Six law amendments have be(...)

World Rugby and chairman Bill Beaumont have confirmed they are scrapping plans for the Nations Championship. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty

Global rugby union is braced for fresh turmoil after the governing body announced it had discontinued plans to introduce a Nations Championship for th(...)

Italy’s Ian McKinley in action against England’s Jonny May  during the  Six Nations match at Twickenham back in March. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Italy outhalf Ian McKinley has welcomed the decision of World Rugby to approve an amendment to the laws of the sport that will allow players to wear (...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World Rugby has launched a defence of its under-fire Nations Championship concept, insisting the proposed annual tournament can earn the sport £5 bill(...)

Johnny Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Kieran Read of New Zealand. Both players emphatically rejected proposal of a new World League.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The system, quite clearly, is broken. What’s blindingly obvious is the need to establish a global calendar before any World League and lucrative broa(...)

 World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont will convene a meeting of stakeholders in Dublin to discuss proposals for a new World Rugby League. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont will convene a meeting in Dublin later this month in a bid to discuss proposals for a World Rugby League that has d(...)

Dr Éanna Falvey with Johnny Sexton during the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Ireland and Munster doctor Dr Éanna Falvey has been appointed to the newly created position of World Rugby’s deputy chief medical officer. Dr (...)

Ireland tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong is one of five nominations for The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland dominate a list of five nominees in contention to be named The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2018. The Grand Slam cha(...)

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