Japan thrashed Tonga 41-7 in the Pacific Nations Cup, while the USA stunned Samoa and Fiji cruised past Canada.
Former Cheetahs and Bulls forward Lappies Labuschagne will lead Japan when he makes his first-ever Test appearance against Fiji in Kamaishi on Saturday.
Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia has announced that he will retire from Test rugby following the World Cup after sealing a move to Japan.
The Blitzboks overturned a 7-5 half-time deficit to claim a 22-7 win over Japan in their opening match at the Hong Kong Sevens on Friday. DYLAN JACK reports.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is reportedly set to become director of rugby at Toyota Verblitz following the World Cup in Japan.
The Sunwolves have called on fans to continue supporting the side following the announcement that they will be axed from Vodacom Super Rugby after the 2020 season.
Bryan Habana believes the Springboks’ playing experience in Japan will benefit South Africa at the World Cup later this year.
Wimpie van der Walt, Grant Hattingh and Lappies Labuschagné have all been included in a 20-man Japan training squad for the World Cup.
More than half of this year’s World Cup pool games have already been sold out after tickets went on sale to the general public two days ago.
Highlights of England’s 35-15 win against Japan at Twickenham.