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Posted in: Japan in line for more Tier One games See in context

The Sunwolves had several national members of their team away training for most of this years Super 15 season to prepare for the World Cup. They had some good starts and inevitably fell short most games but they did manage to beat the Waratahs in Sydney and took the Hurricanes the full 80 minutes. The annual participation fee was a hefty one billion yen and only the Sunwolves were asked to pay it, Basically Sanzaar showed them the door right there. Making it a Team to represent Asia and setting up Singapore as a home venue was a failure. Who knows, the people that have jumped on the rugby bandwagon might give them some support for the 2020 season??

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Posted in: Winning streak See in context

His World Cup is over....

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Posted in: England reach quarterfinals as red card cripples Pumas See in context

Kicking is part of the game, a tactical ploy bro..anyways This game was over from the first 1/4, gutted for Argentinian fans and a bit of joke really, poms made to look fairly average even when playing against 14...

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Posted in: All three Barretts to start for All Blacks against Canada See in context

Rain forecast in Oita tomorrow evening, won’t be as easy as everyone thinks. Hope Rieko brings it, he needs to find his Mojo again

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Posted in: Kiwis bristle as beloved haka cops Rugby World Cup flak See in context

How about we ban Fiji's, Tonga's & Samoa's Hakas at the same time? Im sure the fans will love that. While were at it, why not ban the singing in the stands, that's an unfair advantage that intimidates teams...

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Posted in: Fans allowed to bring food after shortages at Rugby World Cup venues See in context

All about the beer...

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Posted in: All Blacks beat Springboks 23-13 See in context

Go you good thing..

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Posted in: Bars brace for Rugby World Cup surge in beer drinking See in context

The Fan Zone in front of Hakata Station in Fukuoka has listed Heineken as ¥700 per handle, somewhat steep so I plan to preload at the Lawson next to the pavilion before the Blackness take on the Saffa's in the unofficial World Cup Final :)

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Posted in: 'Miracle of Brighton': Upset that put Japanese rugby on the map See in context

I also wonder how much of the improvement is down to the coach? Sure, the team has a high percentage of “Foreign Born” players but they’re Japanese nonetheless. Take a look at any major team these days and you’ll see the same thing. Bundee Aki, the great Irish centre is about as Irish as Doraemon but he got a Green Jersey...

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Posted in: 'Miracle of Brighton': Upset that put Japanese rugby on the map See in context

I watched the Japan/All Blacks game in Bloemfontein in ‘95, bit of a mismatch and went to the stadium bar at halftime but my oh my they’ve come along way since then...Im hoping to hear the stadiums erupt when the BB’s get a David-Goliathesque win against a top fiver!

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Posted in: Japan eyes beer boost from Rugby World Cup See in context

A 2 billion dollar contribution is a bit rich, I think those accountants from Ernst and Young have been drinking the profits already...

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Posted in: Japan climbs to 9th in world rugby rankings See in context

if A Rugby player has Japanese citizenship, surely they are Japanese....

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Posted in: If the cool summer weather drags on, the economic pickup could possibly be less than expected. See in context

The summer hammer is about to fall with typhoon #5 out of the way, temperatures about to go loco...instances of airline turbulence above normal??

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Posted in: Surprises in store as World Cup casts shadow over Rugby Championship See in context

Im very keen to see how the Rugby Championship plays out. Always a good indicator of how teams are matched up at this point of the year but in no way is it an indicator of how they’ll go at the RWC...Overshadowed?yeah nah...

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Posted in: Barrett re-signs with All Blacks; moves to Blues See in context

Both Australia and New Zealand are guilty of fleecing Island talent but when was the last time you heard of French or English clubs dealing directly with Samoa, Fiji or Tonga on a large scale. Auckland has the largest expatriate Polynesian population in the world so they have a massive pool of potential players to choose from but Its a catch 22, ARFU, NZRFU and private schools do lure players to their shores, coach and direct them into local comps with the end result of becoming a National player. If youve invested your resources into an investment, then of course you have to protect that investment. With the abundance of talent, some will miss out, but thats what contracts are for right???

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Posted in: South African rugby wing James Small dies at 50 See in context

Tough competitor with a bit of lip to go with it, too early to go out...condolences..

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Posted in: Federer beats Nishikori to set up semifinal clash with Nadal; Djokovic to face Bautista Agut See in context

Whilst Wimbledon rolls on, Cricket,another great English tradition is being played at the same time. Does The Cricket World Cup get any coverage on JT??

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Posted in: New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags See in context

Lawson or 711 needs to be educated on this...a plastic bag for each item, hot, cold etc. quite ridiculous. I refuse ( pardon the pun) any bags offered...

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Posted in: Japan rugby coach Joseph defends Sunwolves policy See in context

Top leagues players coming through, yeah right...more like the gravy train for 30 somethings coming to finish off careers with their Japanese retirement package

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Posted in: Sandy Sunday See in context

The person pictured is very wise...I went to the sand dunes during GW, very busy and long waits as expected, very impressive though, well worth the hard yards...

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Posted in: G20 agrees to aim for fair trade without anti-protectionism pledge See in context

They came, made merry,mouthed stuff , they're gone.

Did local businesses receive any compensation for closing their shops for the duration of the summit??

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. affirm alliance after Trump revives security treaty criticism See in context

Looks like a Madame Tussauds promo....

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Posted in: Japan hails Hachimura's NBA selection as new era for sport See in context

Kudos to him, nothing much to cheer about in Japan anymore except tourism, TVs and anything Japan was good at previously is on the back burner. Quasi nationals are doing well to bring the nation to fervour, analytic presentations on morning shows are my flavour of the month!

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Posted in: Russell says Abrams' new 'Star Wars' script made her cry See in context

The Last Jedi was possibly the worst movie I have ever seen.

> Nah mate, that honour would have to go to the Phantom Menace, that's just painful....

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Posted in: Highlanders bullish on Smith return for Crusaders clash See in context

This game will be a cracker, Highlanders have the goods to pull it off and give pretty much the entire team a good send off! Go Landers!!

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Posted in: Bulls dash Lions hopes of reaching fourth straight final See in context

The Lions must be pretty salty. Highlanders! What way to go out for Bender getting into the Quarters!! Hope he plays..

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Posted in: Highlanders fight for playoffs with 49-12 win over Waratahs See in context

TBH, horrible season for the Landers with some injuries and just plain bad decision making game time. Thank you Bender for services rendered, all the best !!

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Posted in: Chiefs storm into Super Rugby playoffs See in context

Fur sure Risky, add the sugar to the mix, Cane and Retallick and all systems go...

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Posted in: Drunkenly operating a drone becomes a crime under new law See in context

I bought my second drone recently, at the price I paid I’d be very reluctant to fly whilst under the influence for fear of losing the investment and secondly, the areas where I can fly without permits is off the beaten track so would be very difficult to police anyways...

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup trophy arrives in Japan; to tour host cities See in context

Got a feeling the quest for the 3 peat might be a bridge too far for the Blackness this year...

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