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Goromaru kicks all the points in Japan victory in Romania

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru scored six penalties to give his team a far from convincing 18-13 victory over Romania in the first test of their European tour on Friday.

World Cup dream dwindling for Cummins

Nick Cummins starred for the Barbarians against the Wallabies.

Justin Chadwick   Australia's hopes of having Nick Cummins available for next year's World Cup appear slim, with the 27-year-old's Japanese club continuing to play hard ball over a possible loan deal.

Honey Badger still dreams of Wallabies return

On the burst: Nick Cummins breaks clear to lead the Barbarians fightback.

Chris Dutton   Former Wallabies winger Nick Cummins hopes his eye-catching performance for the Barbarians helps revive his World Cup hopes.

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Japan beat Italy for 10 rugby wins in row

Italy's Manoa Vosawai is tackled by Japan's fullback Ayumu Goromaru and captain Michael Lieitch in Tokyo.

Alastair Himmer   Tokyo: Japan's forward line put in a dynamic performance as rugby's Asian champions extended their record winning streak to 10 games with a nailbiting 26-23 victory over Italy on Saturday.

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Pacific Nations Cup: Japan too good for United States

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Japan remained unbeaten in the Pacific Nations Cup with a 37-29 victory over the United States on Saturday.

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Japan rally to beat Canada in Pacific Nations Cup

Comeback kings: A second half salvo from Japan decided the contest.

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

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Japan qualify for 2015 Rugby World Cup

Justin Ives touches down for Japan.

Japan have qualified for their eighth straight Rugby World Cup with a 49-8 win over Hong Kong in the final of the Asian Five Nations in the last sporting event at Tokyo's National Stadium.

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Robbie Deans to coach in Japan

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans

Richard Knowler   Robbie Deans is set to re-start his coaching career in Japan.

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Japan thrash Spain

The Gilbert ball

Japan routed Spain 40-7 in a rugby Test on Saturday, with fullback Ayumu Goromaru scoring from six of seven penalty kicks.

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Scots survive scares to beat Japan

Kelly Brown.

EDINBURGH: Scotland have survived two second-half scares to get their November test campaign off to a winning start against a plucky Japanese side at Murrayfield with a 42-17 victory.

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Brave Blossoms target Scotland scalp

Toshiaki Hirose.

Japan were in upbeat mood after naming their side Thursday to play Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, with captain Toshiaki Hiroae insisting a maiden away win against a Top 10 nation was in their sights.

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All Blacks thrash Japan in Tokyo

Daniel Carter.

Emma Stoney   The All Blacks have claimed a 54-6 rugby Test win over Japan, but it was far from an emphatic performance in Tokyo.

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Craig Wing in All Blacks wonderland

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He may have played for the Kangaroos and tackled State of Origin with New South Wales, but Craig Wing describes Japan's rugby Test against New Zealand as a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

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Experimental All Blacks to face Japan

Dan Carter.

The All Blacks will field an experimental team underpinned by two greats when they play their first official Test on Japanese soil.

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Eddie Jones has difficulty with left limbs after stroke

Eddie Jones

Japan head coach Eddie Jones will miss the upcoming game against the All Blacks following a stroke which has left him with mobility difficulties, the Japan Rugby Football Union said on Friday.

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Japan record historic win over Six Nations champions

Craig Wing

Japan made history on Saturday by beating Six Nations champions Wales 23-8 for their first ever victory over a major rugby nation in nearly 80 years of international competition.

Undermanned Wales squeak past Japan

Craig Wing.

A second-string Wales team twice came from behind to beat Asian champions Japan 22-18 in the opener of their two-Test series on Saturday.

Jones unfazed by Pryor's dramas

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Rupert Guinness And   FORMER Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has defended the decision to employ John Pryor as a strength and conditioning coach on the national team, despite his conviction for importing steroids.

Japanese first as Horie signs for Rebels

Shota Horie.

Shota Horie is in line to become the first Japanese player to take part in Super Rugby in Australia after joining the Melbourne Rebels for next season, team officials said.

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Japan rugby stuck in 1950s, says Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones.

Japan coach Eddie Jones on Wednesday slammed the country's rugby development structure for being stuck in the past and urged players to be more aggressive if they want to challenge the best teams.