Japan shows World Cup potential in Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Japan caused the sensation of the 2015 Rugby World Cup when it beat South Africa in pool play and signaled its intention to be a danger for the top tier nations again this year...
SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley will leave Super Rugby to "pursue overseas opportunities" and is expected to sign with a Japanese club.
TOKYO (AP) — Amanaki Mafi, who is facing assault charges in New Zealand, has been called up to Japan's extended Rugby World Cup training camp.
Canada qualifies for 2019 Rugby World Cup, completes lineup
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Canada upheld its record of appearing in every Rugby World Cup by claiming the 20th and last berth in the 2019 championship on Friday.
The Canadians qualified by defeating Hong Kong 27-10 in the rain on a chewed-up field in Marseille, with two brilliant tries by record try-scorer DTH van der Merwe.
England recovers to beat Japan 35-15 at Twickenham
LONDON (AP) — Owen Farrell spearheaded a rescue act from England's powerful bench as a late and unanswered onslaught of points denied Japan a famous victory in its first visit to Twickenham on Saturday.
England's 35-15 win was in doubt heading into the final 10 minutes as the Brave Blossoms — emboldened by some strong pre-match rhetoric by Jones — threatened a similar giant-slaying to the one they performed in beating South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on English soil.
Jones names weakened England rugby squad amid injury crisis
LONDON (AP) — With at least 11 players injured or suspended, England rugby coach Eddie Jones has delved into the country's deep pool of reserves to pick an enlarged squad for the November tests that include matches against the southern hemisphere's big three.
LONDON (AP) — Flyhalf Danny Cipriani was recalled after three years and flanker Brad Shields picked after New Zealand Rugby released him for England's tour of South Africa next month.
The last of Cipriani's 14 caps was in the build-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Coach Eddie Jones had misgivings over his attitude in a team environment but changed his mind on Thursday and said he was also an option at fullback.
Ireland defeat Pumas 28-19 to sweep home tests
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland swept its autumn rugby tests after holding off Argentina 28-19 at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
In their first matchup since the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, Ireland earned a measure of revenge.
Ireland had the result in hand leading 20-0 in the third quarter and 25-7 into the fourth.
Winger Jacob Stockdale scored two tries and No. 8 CJ Stander the other. Jonathan Sexton kicked over 13 points.
France fights back to avoid even heavier loss to New Zealand
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Only a second-half rally salvaged pride and prevented another humiliation for France in a 38-18 loss at home to World Cup champion New Zealand.
It was France's 11th straight loss to New Zealand, but it could have been far worse after the All Blacks scored four first-half tries seemingly at will.
England to play NZ in autumn 2018 for 1st meeting in 4 years
LONDON (AP) — England will play New Zealand for the first time in four years as part of a grueling set of autumn tests in 2018 for the northern hemisphere's top rugby team.
The English have won 19 of their 20 test matches under Eddie Jones since the 2015 Rugby World Cup, facing all major nations except the top-ranked All Blacks in that run due to a quirk in the international fixture list.
Former New Zealand great Carter apologizes to club and fans
PARIS (AP) — New Zealand great Dan Carter apologized to French club Racing 92 and his fans on Friday for what he called "a massive error of judgment" after reports that he was stopped by police for drunk driving.
According to reports, the 34-year-old flyhalf — who starred for New Zealand when it won the 2015 Rugby World Cup — was stopped late on Wednesday night and found over the limit.
Wood gets England call to answer injury crisis at flanker
LONDON (AP) — England's flanker crisis ahead of the autumn internationals has forced coach Eddie Jones to summon a player he described as "distinctly average" at the start of this year.
Tom Wood was called up by England on Wednesday for the first time since the 2015 Rugby World Cup after Jones lost five potential No. 7s — James Haskell, Jack Clifford, Sam Jones, Mike Williams and Maro Itoje — to injury.