British and Irish Lions Tour
England will host the All Blacks at Twickenham in November 2022 as part of a four-Test programme which includes world champions South Africa.
The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?
Ireland tore Japan apart with a stunning display of attacking rugby, particularly from their dynamic pack, to mark captain Johnny Sexton's 100th cap with an impressive 60-5 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
After two years apart, the elite rugby nations of the northern and southern hemispheres will reunite throughout November, providing a valuable marker two years out from the next global showpiece. Here's what you need to know.
Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami is set to make his return to the starting line-up on Saturday against Japan with their tackle-busting star Samu Kerevi unavailable for selection through injury.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has been left sweating the fitness of star centre Samu Kerevi after the 28-year-old hobbled off the field in the Wallabies 32-17 win over Argentina on Saturday night.
The Wallabies have locked in a date to play Japan in Oita next month, where they could come up against a name etched in Australian rugby history.
Ireland will host New Zealand in one of four international tests announced by the Irish Rugby Football Union for Andy Farrell's squad in October and November.
Ireland survived some brilliant attacking Japanese play to gain revenge for their shock 2019 World Cup defeat with a 39-31 win in an entertaining and free-scoring match at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
The British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland confirmed that captain Alun Wyn Jones will miss the South Africa tour after dislocating his shoulder in the warm-up win over Japan on Saturday.
Super Rugby could be set for yet another structural change and a return to Asia after it was revealed that discussions have taken place around a new tournament that would pit leading Japanese Top League clubs against those from New Zealand and Australia.
Brave Blossoms coach Jamie Joseph has offered an alarming insight into why the increasing player drain to Japan is becoming a huge headache for Australian rugby.
Young midfielder Dylan Riley has become the third Australian-raised player in his Japan Top League team to declare their allegiance to the Brave Blossoms in a worrying trend for Australian rugby.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper would love to see Japan play more international Tests, but says rugby's various governing bodies need to be careful not to burn out players in the process.
Eddie Jones has been cleared to continue as a consultant for Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath after the Rugby Football Union said there is no conflict of interest.
The British and Irish Lions announced on Wednesday they will host Japan in Edinburgh next June ahead of their tour of South Africa.
Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper will take up a six-month sabbatical deal to play rugby in Japan, leaving the NSW Waratahs without their biggest star for most of the next Super Rugby competition.
South Africa's World Cup winning hooker Malcolm Marx has signed for Japanese Top League side the Kubota Spears.
New Zealand World Cup winners Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden will join Kobe Steelers, the Japanese rugby union team said on Friday, following in the footsteps of other high-profile compatriots like Dan Carter.
World Rugby has announced the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup in France aimed at promoting a "genuine opportunity" for all unions, the game's global body said on Monday.
England lock George Kruis and Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes will play in Japan for the Panasonic Wild Knights next season, the Top League club said on Monday.
Three-time World Player of the Year Dan Carter announced he was leaving Japanese Top League side Kobe Steelers in an Instagram post on Friday.
Japan's fairytale run to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals was a highlight of last year's tournament but with the afterglow all but gone captain Michael Leitch fears not enough is being done to secure the Brave Blossoms a place at the game's top table.
Japan's Top League is cancelling the remaining 42 matches of the season to help stem the spread of the coronavirus and safeguard the health of players and spectators, organisers of the rugby union competition said in a statement on Monday.
They have just 12 more games. Their home games remain shrouded in uncertainty. And they're coming off consecutive 45-plus point defeats. But with rugby buzzing after the World Cup, the Sunwolves are simply getting on with the job, as Jake Schatz explains.
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